Tom Onslow-Cole will return to the Nürburgring, this weekend, with two missions: the first to complete his Nürburgring 24 Hours licence and the second to drive the Toyota GT86 CS-Cup, this time in the SP3 class as the manufacturer evaluates modified parts.
The GT3 racer, who has taken seven 24-hour race podiums since his switch to endurance racing, is keen to add Nürburgring 24 Hours to his list of accomplishments, so is mid-way through gaining the required licence. He just needs one more race start and five more race laps before he can 'throw his hat in the ring' for the world’s toughest endurance race.
After starting his licence in the Milltek Sport-liveried GT86 CS-Cup, OC is returning to the Ring but, this time, as part of Toyota Motorsport GbmH’s testing and development programme. TMG is pleased to involve Tom because of his vast racing experience and engineering abilities, while his team-mates Dale Lomas and Lucas Gavris bring significant experience of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
"As well as the data we will get from this race, TMG considers driver evaluation and feedback of cars and parts to be a crucial step in the development programme,” commented Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport at TMG. “So to get feedback from drivers with experience of the Nordschleife and other high-level racing cars, plus an experienced team, really enhances our development.”
This weekend’s VLN9 is a four-hour long race that takes place on Saturday afternoon and is the penultimate round of the ten-race series on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.  
“I can’t wait to go back,” said OC. “There’s a chance the weather won’t be very nice but, having seen the weather at Nürburgring 24 Hours over the past few years, you need to know the Nordschleife in rain, fog and even hail!
"The Toyota GT86 CS-Cup is the perfect car for learning the track. It’s a shame not to be challenging in the TMG GT86 CS-Cup class, because the racing is awesome, but it’s exciting and interesting to be part of the development process and data gathering for TMG.”
VLN9 can be viewed at
www.VLN.de and fans can keep up-to-date with OC on his social media channels in the links above.