OC AND RAM RACING RETURN TO MUGELLO

Tom Onslow-Cole and RAM Racing are back in action, this weekend, as they head to the 12 Hours of Italy for their first outing together of 2017.
 
Once again piloting a Mercedes AMG GT3, the 29-year old Rockstar Energy Athlete is looking forward to returning to Mugello Circuit. He lists the 5.25km track among his favourites in the World and hopes to go one better than his best result of second place overall when he takes on this year’s once-around-the-clock event.
 
“I love driving the Mugello Circuit!” commented the Milltek Sport-supported driver. “It’s an absolute pleasure. The undulations, high-speed sections and big stops somehow all seem to just flows so well. If you’ve got time for a look around, it’s pretty picturesque too!”
 
This is the third season OC has competed for RAM Racing in select endurance events and, together, they have racked-up six podium finishes, plus a race win in the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard.
 
“It’s great to be RAM Racing’s ‘go-to’ driver when they are approached by new customers,” continued OC, who will race alongside Remon Vos (NL) and Kevin Veltman (NL), this weekend. “Remon and I have fantastic programme ahead of us this year and what a brilliant way to kick it off. For sure, the track time of a 12-hour event will be very useful ahead of our sprint racing season.”
 
As well as selected 24H Series events, RAM Racing, OC and Vos will contest the Le Mans Cup in the team’s Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
“Looking at this weekend in isolation, we are absolutely aiming for some silverware, but we know it’s not going to be easy. Both Remon and Kevin are new to GT3 racing and, looking down the entry list, there is some tough competition, too. I guess we’ll have to see how it plays out.”
 
The 12 Hours of Mugello starts with a four-hour part one at 1400 on Friday 17 March and continues with the remaining eight hours of action at 0900 on Saturday 18 March.

OC HUNGRY FOR MORE 24-HOUR VICTORY

Tom Onslow-Cole returns to Dubai 24 Hours, this weekend, eager to beat his second-place best result and add another 24-hour GT3 race victory to his ever-growing CV.
 
The Milltek Sport-sponsored Londoner, who finished the 2016 season with a 24-hour race win in the Ferrari 488, is hoping to start 2017 with another endurance race win, this time in the Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
“I’ve finished Dubai 24 Hours in second place overall in the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 so I’d love it if I could go one better in the new car,” he commented. “As we all know, 24-hour races are extremely tough, so the wins taste even sweeter... I’ve tasted 24H victory twice and I’m hungry for more.”
 
Once again, the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete will join SPS Automotive Performance in the IMG World of Adventures Dubai-liveried machine. Valentin Pierburg (DE), Lance David Arnold (DE) and Tim Müller (DE) complete the four-driver line-up that will contest the Pro class.
 
“I feel I’m going into the race the most prepared I’ve ever been, and that’s echoed by the entire team,” OC said. “The car, track and event aren’t new to anyone at SPS Automotive Performance - we’re all experienced here. That said, there are some very strong teams and driver line-ups in the race, so it’s important that we can ‘hit the ground running’ when we get to Dubai Autodrome.
 
“It’ll be a big challenge for us to win the race, but it’s certainly the goal,” added OC, who took a podium at the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard with the team, last season. “We’ll all aim to have a clean run and make sure we always put ourselves in the best position as the race develops. SPS Automotive Performance is a fantastic team and I’m sure they will make all the right strategy calls... Having confidence in your team is definitely worth a couple of tenths!”
 
SPS Automotive Performance is a Stuttgart-based team that has raced in Blancpain GT Series and 24H Series and, being the only Brit in the team, OC was keen to learn some German during the Christmas holidays.
 
"Guten Morgen, darf ich bitte eine Tasse Tee mit Milch haben? Danke.” OC concluded.
 
Tom and the team will first turn the wheel of the Mercedes AMG GT3 on Wednesday for the private optional test before the official test session begins on Thursday. Qualifying and night qualifying also take place on Thursday before the race begins on Friday.
 
Qualifying and the race will be livestreamed at
www.24hseries.com and fans can follow Tom on his social media channels. 

OC WINS 24 HOURS OF BRNO

Tom Onslow-Cole has won the final round of the 24H Series, the 24 Hours of Brno, with Scuderia Praha and the #11 Ferrari 488 GT3, bringing his total number of 24-hour race podiums to eight.
 
The result will not only go down in the Czech motorsport book as the inaugural 24-hour race in the country's history but also marks the first 24-hour race-win for the Ferrari 488 GT3, making it all the more sweet for local outfit Scuderia Praha.
 
The team started the twice-around-the-clock race from second place on the grid, thanks to a fantastic qualifying lap from local driver Josef Král. Peter Kox started the race, followed by Jiri Pisarik and then it was OC’s turn to take over and make his Ferrari race debut.
 
Taking over in third place, OC set about attacking the field and, after an hour, was leading the race. From here, the quartet of drivers rotated through extending the lead lap-by-lap without any issues until, at the chequered flag, the Czech team crossed the line 38 laps ahead of the second-placed car.  
 
“That was awesome,” the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete commented. “The grid was a little smaller than other races in the Series so we were able to put in some clean laps without traffic. Having the opportunity to push the Ferrari 488 GT3 to its limits lap-after-lap is an experience I’ll never forget. It was my debut in the Ferrari and first time racing a mid-engined GT3 but I think I’ve got that mastered now, so I can confidently update my CV."

This is the second 24-hour race win for OC, who is coming to the end of his third season of endurance racing. Last summer, the Milltek Sport driver won the inaugural 24 Hours of Paul Ricard, as well as taking second place in Dubai 24 Hours and third in Barcelona 24 Hours with regular team RAM Racing, but has enjoyed joining a new team, this weekend. 
 
“Josef, Peter and Jiri have been incredible team-mates and have all had top-quality stints. We’ve all pushed each other with the right balance of competition and support and this win is testament to great team-work.
 
“Fair play to the team at Scuderia Praha. The pitstops were seriously slick, the ball was never dropped and our car has been faultless. I’ve been learning some Czech in the hope that they have me back next year!”
 
At the end of the race, Scuderia Praha's Team Principal, Ivo Horn, added: "You always want to have such a perfect race but it is so rare in 24-hour events. Tom fitted-in very well, quickly gelled with the team and his confidence behind the wheel of the Ferrari 488 GT3 was growing with each stint to produce faster and faster lap times."
 
Although this race-win concludes OC’s 2016 GT3 racing season, he will finish-off the year at the charity race, the Race of Remembrance, at Anglesea Circuit on 12th November. Details of this will be announced in the coming weeks.

OC TO RACE FERRARI 488 GT3 WITH SCUDERIA PRAHA

Current 24H Series GT3 champion, Tom Onslow Cole, has been signed-up by Scuderia Praha to race its Ferrari 488 GT3 in the 24 Hours of Brno, next month, but has to sit out the final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series Cup, this weekend, as team-mate Ian Loggie has other commitments. 
 
OC will join the 2015 12 Hours of Brno race-winners, Scuderia Praha, for the final round of the 2016 championship and can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the Ferrari.
 
“You know when a new car is launched and you think ‘I fancy a go in that’?” commented the Milltek Sport test driver. “I’ve always watched the team with great admiration and I’ve been liaising with the team manager Jiri since last season. I'm so pleased our situations have aligned and we are able to race together. Thanks to Jiri Pisarik, Josef Král and Peter Kox for having me as part of their team, I think we have a really strong line-up!”
 
Ivo Horn, team principal at Scuderia Praha added: “We raced Tom for some time and he has been always a tough one to beat! This time we are together and we think that we have a very strong line-up to defend Epilog trophy from last year. Tom has a vast experience from 24h series which bodes well with dealing with the traffic and the 488 is an easy car to drive although quite a bit different to what he has driven this year. As usual we are doing our best to prepare the car, will be first time for our 488 on Hankook tyres, and we are hopefully also due some luck.”
 
It’s been a busy year for OC, who has raced with both RAM Racing and SPS Automotive Performance in the Mercedes AMG GT3; Team Parker Racing in the Bentley Continental GT3 and, most recently, with Milltek Sport in the Nürburgring’s VLN series. 
 
“It’s a shame to miss out on the final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series Cup but I can’t really complain,” OC added. "It's a privilege to be out there racing and, once again, I’ve had another really busy year, with more still to come. I’ve had a great time racing the Bentley with Ian, Callum [Macloed] and the guys at Team Parker Racing and I wish the #30 drivers, Chris Harris and Derek Pierce, luck for the race.
 
“I also want to say good luck the Bentley Team M-Sport crew who are in with a chance of taking two titles this weekend. I’m looking forward to watching the race.”
 
Despite not taking part, OC will still travel to the Nürburgring, this weekend, to support Team Parker Racing and Bentley Team M-Sport in the final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series. 
 
The 24 Hours of Brno takes place on 14-16 October and fans can watch at 
www.24hseries.com. For regular updates, follow OC on his social media channels using the links above. 

OC'S 24 HOURS OF PAUL RICARD PODIUM

Tom Onslow-Cole stood on the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard podium for the second year running, yesterday, when he and his SPS Automotive Performance team-mates finished in third place in the front-running GT3 Pro class with the Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
It was a hard-fought come-back for OC, Lance David Arnold (DE), Alex Müller (DE), Valentin Pierburg (DE) and Stephané Kox (NL), who started the 24-hour race from the front row. After a smooth run throughout the night, fortunes soon changed, when two unscheduled pit stops dropped them down the order in the early hours of Sunday morning.
 
Three laps down from the podium, running in eighth place and with six hours remaining, the Milltek Sport-supported driver knew they had to dig deep and push hard if they were to have any chance of success: “I’ll be honest, at that point, we all thought our podium hopes were over, but you never stop fighting,” he said. “You don’t know what will happen to those in front of you so you need to get yourself as close to the leader as possible. The good thing in these situations is that the team takes on an ‘all or bust’ approach, so Alex and Lance each did a double stint, pushing like crazy, before I took over for a double to the chequered flag.”
 
As predicted, there was trouble ahead for the second place Lamborghini, which retired, and the third place Ferrari, which had to do an extra stop for a puncture. Now running in fourth in the Pro class behind the Ferrari, the podium was in sight for OC’s final stint.
 
After both cars had pitted for fuel and tyres, OC came out just six seconds behind Malucelli. Although the Ferrari had been the quicker car, all weekend, OC took no time in closing the gap at around a second and a half a lap. With 15 minutes to go, OC passed the Ferrari and moved into third place in class.
 
“We wanted to go there and take the overall win but a class podium is still fantastic given the situation we were in at the start of the day,” commented the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my weekend with SPS Automotive Performance – they are a well-run team that does everything to the highest standard and I have a lot of time for that. They are all great to be around and I even managed to pick up a bit of German!”

OC will now return home to prepare for the highest profile event in his 2016 calendar, the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps,
 
“I’m looking forward to racing the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 around Spa. It’s such a fast, flowing circuit that should really suit the car and it’s well-built to cope with all of the drama of a 24-hour race,” he added. “I’ve taken podiums at Dubai 24 Hours, Barcelona 24 Hours and 24 Hours of Paul Ricard in the last 18 months so I’d love to add 24 Hours of Spa to this list, in a fortnight’s time.”
 
The 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps takes place on 30/31 July and will be live streamed at www.blancpain-gt-series.com.

OC JOINS SPS AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE FOR 24 HOURS OF PAUL RICARD

Tom Onslow-Cole will return to defend his 24 Hours of Paul Ricard title, this weekend, but not alongside his usual RAM Racing team-mates. Instead, the British racing star will join rivals SPS Automotive Performance in their identical Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
As Paul White sits this race out, due to work commitments, Roald Goethe (DE) and Stuart Hall (GB) took the chance to reunite with old ROFGO Racing regulars Jamie Campbell Walter (GB) and Dan Brown (GB) in the RAM Racing car. Meanwhile, OC called Stephan Sohn from SPS and kick-started a relationship they had been talking about for a while.
 
“I met Stephan [Sohn] at the Mercedes AMG Stars and Cars event in December and discovered a mutual desire to drive together. After a few discussions, we were unable to put anything together due to clashes and other commitments but, with this change in my calendar, things fell into place overnight.” commented the Milltek Sport-sponsored driver.
 
Stephan added: “We’re very happy to have Tom in the car, this weekend. It was in my head for a long time and now there is an opportunity. We’ll give it a try and see what are the options for the future. We think Tom will fit in perfectly to our team, as you have to be a bit crazy!”
 
OC won the 24H Series in the GT3 class in 2015, taking the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard win along the way. He is determined to take the race win again alongside new team-mates Lance David Arnold (DE), Alex Müller (DE), Valentin Pierburg (DE) and Stéphane Kox (NL) in the IMG Worlds of Adventure Dubai-liveried Mercedes.
 
“Stephan runs a fantastic team, one that I’ve battled against many times,” the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete added. “The competition for this race looks strong, but so do we, and I’m looking forward to working with the SPS crew and battling it out at the front.”
 
The 24 Hours of Paul Ricard starts at 14.30 CET on Saturday the 16th July and will be live streamed at
www.24hseries.com

OC'S BUSY MAY GETS UNDERWAY

Tom Onslow-Cole has returned from testing Milltek Sport’s latest fleet of performance-enhanced cars at Spa-Francorchamps and the Nürburgring Nordschleife just in time to prepare for the third round of the 24H Series, Zandvoort 12 Hours, this weekend (6/7 May).
 
After a busy May Day weekend, putting the new Milltek Sport Ford Focus RS through its paces, OC had a quick turnaround to shakedown the RAM Racing AMG GT3 ahead of the third race of the season and says that he is looking forward to getting the Series back underway.
 
“We shook-down the Mercedes AMG GT3 today and it feels brand new,” he commented. “Yes, we have had some issues with the car this season but you have to put them behind you. As a driver, that’s not something you can control, you just have to turn up with a positive attitude, optimise the car you have and focus on delivering the best possible result.”
 
Last season, OC and the RAM Racing team finished in second place at Zandvoort 12 Hours in the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, the third podium of the year for the championship-winning team.
 
This weekend, OC will once again be joined by long-standing team-mate Paul White (GB) as well as new-for-2016 co-driver Stuart Hall (GB).
 
“I know we have the best team in the paddock and a very strong driver line-up,” he continued. “To add to that, Zandvoort is one of the great tracks on the calendar – it’s a satisfying lap to drive. There is also a beach party halfway through the race, which is never a bad thing!”
 
Zandvoort 12 Hours starts at 1600hrs on Friday 6 May and runs for three hours. The race resumes at 0920hrs on Saturday 7 May for the remaining nine hours to be completed. Fans can watch the race live at www.24hseries.com.
 
After the race at Zandvoort, OC will return to the UK to contest his home round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone in the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 on 14/15 May.

OC TARGETS TUSCAN TRIUMPH

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) will resume his 24H Series title defence this weekend (16-18 March) as he and RAM Racing contest the 12 Hours of Italy in the team’s #30 Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
OC, who has recently announced he will continue his role as Milltek Sport brand ambassador in 2016, will be joined once again by regular team-mate Paul White (GB) and new-for-2016 RAM Racing driver Stuart Hall (GB) for the second round of the Series to be held at Mugello Circuit in Northern Italy.
 
At the car’s competitive customer debut at Dubai 24 Hours at the start of the year, teething problems prevented the team from repeating its 2015 podium finish. However, the signs were promising and, after dropping out of third place, a valiant effort and fighting spirit saw RAM Racing and its drivers bag ten points each towards the 24H Series championship.
 
Knowing that he and the team can’t afford to drop any more scores if they want to defend their titles, OC is clear that a podium, at least, is needed this weekend.  
 
“We finished in second place in this race last year and the target is to match or better this,” his commented. “Dubai didn’t go to plan but, in 24H Series, you drop a score, so it may not affect us. However, what it does mean is that we can’t afford to miss a podium at the remaining five rounds.”
 
In 2015, RAM Racing scored a podium at each of the six races, including a win at 24 Hours of Paul Ricard and second in Dubai 24 Hours, but the teams’ GT3 championship title still went down to the final round.
 
“If I’m honest, I’ll be disappointed with anything other than a win,” the Casio Edifice-sponsored driver concluded. “As a driver, that is an ideal position to be in, as it means you have the package in place to be fighting at the front, but it also means that expectations are high and the pressure is on.”
 
The 12 Hours of Italy starts at 1400hrs on Friday 18 March and runs for four hours. The race resumes at 0930hrs on Saturday 19 March, after a night under parc ferme conditions, for the remaining eight hours of racing.

OC TO RACE NEW MERCEDES AMG GT3 IN DUBAI

Tom Onslow-Cole will rejoin RAM Racing for a second season in 2016 to defend his 24H Series title, kick-starting at Dubai 24 Hours in a brand new Mercedes AMG GT3 alongside longstanding partner Paul White (GB) and new team-mates Stuart Hall (GB) and Roald Goethe (DE).

The Silverstone Park-based team will be one of two teams to run the new AMG GT3 in Dubai 24 Hours; the car's debut race outside of the works team. The team took delivery of the car in late December and it was sent to Dubai via air freight in the lead up to the race.

"After winning the 2015 24H Series in the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 with barely any issues, we were keen to explore the new AMG GT3,” OC commented. “With expert advice on hand from the AMG Customer Sports team and a great relationship with Programmes Manager Thomas Jäger, it was an easy decision to make. Paul bought the car late last year which just left it for us to strike a deal with Dan Shufflebottom from Ram Racing to run it."

The new Mercedes AMG GT3 is based on the Mercedes GT road car, which replaces the gull-winged Mercedes SLS. With a slightly shorter wheel-base, the race car is much more nimble than its predecessor, making it more competitive on tight and twisty corner complexes, while retaining it's impressive straight line speeds and reliable running gear.

"We were incredibly impressed with AMG Customer Sports throughout last season," explained OC. "The SLS was a fantastic bit of kit so we knew that the AMG GT3 would be, too. It seems they have taken what was already one of the best thought-out, most reliable and successful GT3 cars on the market and improved it even further. I can’t wait for us all to race it!”

OC’s new team-mates, Hall and Goethe first raced together in Dubai 24 Hours back in 2012. They went on to join Aston Martin Racing in the World Endurance Championship where they became the GTE AM class title holders in 2013.

"Stuart and I have known each other a long time and Paul and I are really pleased to welcome him and Roald into the team. Not only are they a great driver pairing, they are fantastic guys, so I think we'll have success and fun in Dubai."

Dubai 24 Hours, which is the opening round of 24H Series, takes place on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 January 2016 at the Dubai International Autodrome.

OC BECOMES 24H SERIES GT3 CHAMPION

Tom Onslow-Cole has become the inaugural 24H Series GT3 Driver Champion following podium finishes in all six of the championship’s 12- and 24-hour endurance races, including second place in Dubai 24 Hours and a win in the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard. 

The British professional racing driver joined 2013 European Le Mans Series GTLM champions RAM Racing at the start of this season for Dubai 24 Hours and impressed so much that they signed him up for the complete championship. 

With the #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, OC and the team went on to win the GT3 Teams’ Trophy at the penultimate round Barcelona 24 Hours and, at the final round in Brno yesterday, secured the GT3 Drivers’ Trophy. 

“It feels great to be an international GT3 championship-winner,” said OC. “I’ve raced with many teams in my career and RAM Racing is up there at the top with the very best. I came into GT racing two years ago and, in that time, I’ve completed eight 24-hour races and five 12-hour races, in addition to a season of British GT and various other single event races. The 24H Series has been the ideal place for me to catch-up on seat-time and perfect what’s needed to be successful in GT and endurance racing."

The 24H Series became an FIA-recognised championship at the start of 2015 and is the largest long-distance endurance racing series in the world. With up to 90 cars per race and some of the top GT drivers in the world, the challenges it brings are huge but OC feels like he had the best car to take the win.

“The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 is most certainly one of the best GT3 cars out there. It’s durable, reliable and easy to drive. The service from AMG Customer Sports has been very impressive, too. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new AMG GT GT3!”

OC shares the 24H Series GT3 Driver’s title with AMG works driver Thomas Jäger (DE) and, together with Paul White (GB), they finished the 12 Hours of Brno yesterday in second place. 

“It’s brilliant to complete our podium run. We engaged in a great battle with Scuderia Praha, which after seven hours saw us leading by just 0.150 seconds. Unfortunately, it wasn’t our day to take the win but, claiming the titles doesn’t half make up for it! A massive thanks to RAM Racing, they have been faultless all year, and, of course, to my team-mates; Thomas [Jäger], Cheerag [Arya], Adam [Christodoulou], Paul [White] and Jeroen [Bleekemolen]."

It’s a slight change of pace for OC’s next race as he joins KPM Racing in the Milltek Sport VW Golf at the Race of Remembrance, the Mission Motorsport-run race at Anglesey Circuit. 

OC WINS 24 HOURS OF PAUL RICARD

Tom Onslow-Cole and his RAM Racing team-mates have won the inaugural 24 Hours of Paul Ricard this weekend (11/12 July) in the #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3. 

With a second place finish recorded at each round of the 24H Series so far this year, OC and the team at RAM Racing had their sights firmly set on the overall race win. With a well-prepared car, considered strategy and customer support from AMG they arrived at the iconic Paul Ricard Circuit ready to hit the ground running.

Having qualified on pole with the Mercedes AMG machine, Tom and his co-drivers Thomas Jäger (DE), Adam Christodoulou (GB) and Paul White (GB) got a strong start to the race and, from the first lap, they became embroiled in a battle with the #7 Porsche 991 GT3. 

It was a battle that continued until the final hour of the endurance epic with both teams leading at various stages and luck swinging for and against the Silverstone Park-based team.

However, when the chequered flag dropped at the end of the twice-around-the-clock race, it was Casio Edifice-backed driver and his #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 that crossed the line first. 

“The pressure was on from green light to chequered flag,” commented OC, who is also supported by Milltek Sport. “We responded well to Code 60s and all four drivers did a fantastic job to keep out of trouble and put in some of the fastest lap times of the race.

“Getting a 24-hour race win is a fantastic achievement and one that takes 100 per cent perfection from the entire team. RAM Racing always operates with the utmost professionalism and impresses me more every time I drive with them. I want to thank them for this fantastic result and I hope its the first of many victories for us as a team.”

OC next races with RAM Racing in Barcelona 24 Hours in September. His next 24 Hour race is Spa 24 Hours in a fortnight time with Leonard Motorsport AMR.

OC RESUMES 24-HOUR RACE RUN AT RICARD

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) will race his fifth long distance endurance race of 2015 this weekend (11 July) in the 24H Series’ inaugural 24 Hours of Paul Ricard with RAM Racing and its Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, and the rising GT star aims to maintain his season’s run of podium successes. 

It’s been a fantastic start to the year for the 28-year old Brit who has stood on the podium at every race he has entered from Dubai 24 Hours in January up to the Aston Martin support-race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last month (13 June).

“The podium finishes have been coming thick and fast this season but we haven't stood on the top step in 24H Series so I’m very much hoping to change that this weekend.” explained OC who is a face of Casio Edifice watches. “That said, we are involved in the title-fight and that’s something we don't want to risk for a one-off result.”

The 24 Hours of Paul Ricard will be the fourth round of the 2015 24H Series, which is the world’s only long-distance endurance championship, comprising three 12-hour and three 24-hour events. OC and his team RAM Racing have taken second place at each round and they feel they are overdue that overall race win.

“We’ve narrowly missed out on the win in the last two races and, credit to the team, it’s generally been due to factors out of our control, but there are always things we can do to improve our strategy and processes that can reduce risk,” the Milltek Sport-supported driver said. “The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 has been perfect and the team has done an amazing job to give us a car that is always reliable, well-set up and well-run.”

OC will once again be joined in the blue and silver #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 by regular team-mate Paul White (GB), AMG works driver Thomas Jaeger (DE) and fellow Brit Adam Christodoulou. 

The 24 Hours of Paul Ricard starts at 1430 on Saturday 11 July and can be viewed at www.24hseries.com. 

OC CONTINUES PODIUM-RUN

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole continued his clean run of 2015 podiums with a second place finish in the third round of the 24H Series, the 12 Hours of Zandvoort, last weekend (29/30 May). 

The RAM Racing #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, which started from second on the grid, led the 12-hour race for most of the duration and, going into the final stint, OC and his team-mates Thomas Jäger (DE) and Paul White (GB) were well on their way to the top step of the podium.

However, in the final stop, a queue at the fuel pump cost the team in excess of two-minutes and, with it, the race win.

“Of course, we came here looking for a win, but it wasn’t to be,” commented the Milltek Sport-sponsored driver. “We definitely had the pace to win but we lost more than two minutes in the last pitstop and it cost us the lead. Still, we have extended our lead in the GT3 championship and that’s our main objective.”

OC’s RAM Racing team finished second in Dubai 24 Hours and second in the 12 Hours of Italy, giving them the 24H Series front-running A6 class-lead. In addition, the 28-year old had a class-win in Silverstone 24 Hours and won the World RX Rally Lites shootout.

“I’ve had a win or podium in everything I have entered so far this year, which is great. I have some really exciting events coming up in the next few months and i’m working hard to try keep up this run of success.”

OC will next race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans support race, the Aston Martin Festival of Le Mans in two weeks time. A full announcement will follow.

RACE BY THE SEA FOR OC

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole heads to the third round of the 24H Series, the 12 Hours of Zandvoort, this weekend (29/30 May) and is looking for a race win to add to his two second place finishes of the season so far. 

The race, which takes place on a 4.3km-long track within the sand dunes of Zandvoort, a seaside town just 20-minutes from Amsterdam in Holland, will see more than 50 cars, including 10 GT3s, battle it out and the Milltek Sport-supported driver is confident that a race-win is possible for RAM Racing and the #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.

“We have a very strong line-up and the fast flowing layout should suit our car,” he commented. “Both Dubai 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Italy ran really smoothly for us and I’m confident that if we have another trouble-free race we have the pace to win.”

OC will drive alongside AMG works driver Thomas Jaeger (DE) and super-quick amateur Paul White.

“I haven’t raced at Zandvoort before but I’ve worked hard on my preparation, with four hours practice on Friday morning I hope to be up to speed well in time for qualifying. Friday is going to be a hectic day, we have two practice sessions, qualifying and the race start. It’s going to be imperative not to lose anytime in the pits or put the team under pressure through driver error.”

“The three-hour/nine-hour race split makes the strategy a little more interesting, Friday will all be about positioning ourselves for the best possible start on Saturday morning."

The first three hours of the race takes place at 1600hrs on Friday 29 May with the remaining nine starting at 08.45 and finishing at 17.45 on Saturday 30 May.

OC LEADS 24H SERIES WITH RAM RACING

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) and his RAM Racing team-mates finished in second place in the second round of the 24H Series, the 12 Hours of Italy, putting the #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 in the lead of the 2015 championship.
 
In his second race with the Silverstone Park-based team, the Milltek Sport and Casio Edifice-sponsored driver was once again joined by Adam Christodoulou (GB) and long-standing team-mate Paul White (GB), and together the trio set out to take overall honours in the 12-hour endurance race at Mugello Circuit in Tuscany, Italy.
 
Despite missing out on the race win, the team – which also finished in second place in the season opener, the 24 Hours of Dubai – got off to a great start, qualifying in third for the race thanks to a solid session from Onslow-Cole.
 
“After leading the majority of the session it was a bit of an anti-climax to be knocked down the order on the last lap of the 45-minute session,” commented the 27-year old from Surrey. “Still, we were at the right end of the grid and in a great position for the race.”
 
The 12-hour enduro was split into two sessions – four hours on Friday afternoon and eight hours on Saturday – and, by the end of session one, the team was in the lead with a near full tank of fuel and some relatively new tyres.
 
“The first session went perfectly,” commented Onslow-Cole. “Our strategy came through, we finished ahead of the pack, with good tyres and enough fuel to see us run a 45-minute stint in the opening of day two. Paul also managed to get a good run in the car – it was the first time he had raced the Mercedes so making sure he had a couple of hours of running in that first session was important.”
 
Once again starting the session, Onslow-Cole worked hard to get heat into the tyres despite the near freezing temperatures and, alongside Christodoulou and White, was battling it out for the lead for the first four hours.
 
However, just after the half-way mark, the team lost a lap and a half due to a queue at the fuel pump and a code 60 pit stop by the its nearest competitors, a gap it was unable to close despite impressive lap times by all three drivers and clever strategy by the engineers.
 
“We can’t say we were unlucky because we had a near perfect race,” he explained. “It’s just that the code 60s fell exactly when our competitors needed to pit and not when we did. At that point we went from being one second ahead to three minutes behind. But, that’s part of endurance racing – sometimes it goes your way, sometimes is goes someone else’s!
 
“The team at RAM Racing impresses me more each time I work with them. I know we all wanted the race-win but it’s great to be leading the championship going into the third round - the championship win is our ultimate goal.”

OC'S ITALIAN JOB

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole heads to Tuscany in Italy this weekend for the second round of the 24H Series, the 12 Hours of Mugello, alongside his RAM Racing team-mates and their Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.
 
The 27-year old signed for the Silverstone-based team following a successful first race together in the championship's season-opener Dubai 24 Hours. In his debut event in the 6.3-litre SLS, Onslow-Cole and his team-mates stood on the podium after crossing the line in second place from a grid of 92 cars.
 
"I'm glad that the season is back underway," Onslow-Cole commented. "It's been a while since Dubai 24 Hours and I'm itching to get back out. I shook the car down last week and it was like a little teaser to remind me of what I'm missing. RAM Racing really know how to prepare and run a car so I'm confident we'll have a good race."
 
The Surrey-born driver will once again be joined behind the wheel by Adam Christodoulou (GB) and long-standing team-mate Paul White (GB).
 
"I'm also pleased to be back driving with Paul White. We were in rival teams in the last round but he missed me so we spoke to RAM Racing and agreed a deal for him to join us! Joking aside, he's a fantastic driver and great fun to have in the team."
 
The 12 Hours of Mugello is split across two days with four hours of racing on Friday (13 March) evening and eight hours on Saturday.
 
"It's all very civilised," he added. "We do some racing, go for dinner, get a good night's sleep and start again in the morning - it's pretty different to Dubai 24 Hours, at least!
 
"I don't think the on-track action will be so civilised. There are some great GT3 teams and drivers in our class and we're expecting some good battles. Like Dubai, the traffic is going to be key to a result, with 73 entries there are a few less cars but the track is tighter with a lot less run off and room to manoeuvre."
 
The Circuit de Mugello is best known for its inclusion in the Moto GP calendar and, like most motorcycle tracks, has a series of twists and turns that require precision for the ultimate lap time.
 
The 12 Hours of Mugello will boast a record grid of 73 cars ranging from the front-running GT3s to the 2.0-litre diesel class. 
 
"I've not yet driven it in a GT3 but I've been to the simulator and done my homework. It's quite narrow for 73 GT and touring cars but, from what I remember, those ever rare clear laps are something of a roller coaster."

Fans can watch the 12 Hours of Mugello on the 24H Series website www.24hseries.com starting at 1330hrs local time on Friday and 0930 local time on Saturday. 

OC SIGNS DEAL WITH RAM RACING

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole has signed a season-long deal with Ram Racing to contest the Creventic 24H Series following a successful first outing with the team in Dubai 24 Hours earlier this month (9 January).

Onslow-Cole is no stranger to the championship, which includes Barcelona 24 Hours and the new-for-2015 Paul Ricard 24 Hours, having contested all-but-one of the rounds in 2014 and taking a class podium at each in the Milltek Sport Golf.

The series will form the cornerstone of a 2015 season for Onslow-Cole, who is currently discussing opportunities with World Endurance Championship and Blancpain Endurance Series teams, as well as investigating a VLN campaign alongside long-standing team-mate Paul White.

"It's been a very busy winter season but things are really starting to come good." Commented Onslow-Cole. "Ram Racing is one of the most professional and impressive teams I have ever worked with. The SLS was new to the team in Dubai, but you wouldn't have known it – it's great to have faith in your team and I'm looking forward to racing the full 24 Hour Series season with them.

"The Mercedes sounds quite raw and the controls look simple but it is actually a very refined machine. Having driven most GT3 cars, I'd say it is one of the easiest to jump in and drive but, like with anything, the skill is in finding those final few tenths. I was pleased to get to grips with it so quickly in Dubai and, despite taking it easy in my first stint, came away with a front running green lap average."

The second round of the 24H Series takes place in Mullego Italy. The 12-hour event is split over two days, with four hours taking place on the afternoon of Friday 13 March and the remaining eight taking place on Saturday 14 March.

"Mugello is a great circuit," continued Onslow-Cole. "It is set in a basin in the Tuscan hills and has an undulating series of fast turns and a nice long fast straight. It's all very civilized and European – race for a few hours, stop for dinner and a good night sleep and come back the next day and finish things off!"

The 12 Hours of Mugello will be televised on Motors TV. See listings for full details.

The 2015 24H Series calendar: 

Dubai 24 Hours – Complete
12 Hours of Mugello – 13/14 March
12 Hours of Zaandvoort – 29/30 May
Paul Ricard 24 Hours – 11/12 July
Barcelona 24 Hours – 5/6 September
12 Hours of Brno – 9/10 October

OC FINISHES SECOND OVERALL IN DUBAI 24 HOURS

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole finished in second place in Dubai 24 Hours, one of the most gruelling and challenging endurances races in the world, in the Ram Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.

The 27-year old raced the 6.2-litre V8 machine for the first time alongside AMG factory driver Thomas Jäger (DE), experienced SLS driver Adam Christodoulou (GB) and locally-based driver Cheerag Arya (IN).

In qualifying one, Onslow-Cole set the car's fastest lap time of 1:59.995 - the second fastest lap of the 12 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 entries - to place the car in third overall. Team-mate Jager completed qualifying two and recorded the fourth fastest time overall, an ideal place to start the 24 hour race from.

"Our aim was to qualify inside the top five," commented Onslow-Cole. "Of course, in a 24 hour race qualifying isn't that important but, the further back you are, the more chance there is of being involved in an incident as you work up the pack."

In the post-qualifying nighttime practice session, Onslow-Cole had his first chance to weave the SLS through the 95 cars on track in darkness. Holding the fastest time of the session until the last lap he was pleased to be third fastest as the session finished.

"There are so many skills you need to hone to be good at 24 hour racing," he commented. "Being able to do a fast lap isn't enough. You need to master traffic management, driving in the dark, tyre and fuel management and much more."

Jäger started the race and held fourth place throughout his stint but, after a transponder issue in the opening hours of the race, the team lost several places. When Onslow-Cole started his first stint the team was in 22nd place and he set to work climbing through the pack. Proving his traffic management and overtaking ability, he safely worked the SLS back up to 11th place before handing the car over to Christodoulou.

"I really enjoyed my first stint in the car, it wasn't my fastest of the race but it was really satisfying to climb up the grid and bring us back into contention for a good result."  

At the start of his second stint, at 11pm, the team was up to fourth, a position they still held by the start of his third stint at 5am.

"Throughout my stints I got faster and faster," commented Onslow-Cole. "I was pleased with my driving throughout the race. It was a new car to me and I wanted to make sure I didn't make any silly mistakes so I pushed harder and worked up gradually. By the third stint I felt I had a good handle on the car as I consistently recorded lap times that closed us to the leader."

By his final stint, at 11am, the team was up to second overall, the position it held until the chequered flag.

"I really enjoyed the race," he concluded. "Of course, the goal was the race win, but second place is still great. Without the issue at the start, who knows what could have happened… But then again there are probably many teams saying that!"

"I did my first ever endurance race here in Dubai 24 Hours so it is a place I have great memories of. I can't wait to come back next year and go one step higher up the podium. I have some great races planned in the meantime and I'm excited that 2015 is underway."

Onslow-Cole will announce his 2015 plans in the coming weeks.

OC TO RACE DUBAI 24 HOURS WITH RAM RACING

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole will contest Dubai 24 Hours, the 24H Series season-opener, on 9 January 2015 with European Le Mans Series GTE championship-winners, RAM Racing, in the team's new Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.
 
Onslow-Cole, who has already tested the V8-machine at Silverstone, flew to Dubai in mid-December to put it through its paces on the 5.3km long Dubai Autodrome, alongside team owner and fellow racing driver Cheerag Arya (IN).
 
"I've been talking to the team for a while and when Dan [Shufflebottom] put a deal to me for the Dubai 24 Hours, I jumped at the chance," commented Onslow-Cole. "The SLS has a great endurance record and the team's accolades speak for themselves.
 
"At both the Silverstone and Dubai tests, the car ran faultlessly; it was fast out the box even before we got to work on set-up."
 
Dubai 24 Hours was the first twice-around-the-clock endurance race that Onslow-Cole contested but now the 27-year old can add Spa 24 Hours and Barcelona 24 Hours to that ever-growing list.
 
"Dubai 2014 was my first experience of 24-hour racing as a driver," he continues. "I'd been to events before but only as a guest of a team or friend of a driver. I was totally captivated by it. I didn't sleep at all, I just sat on the pit wall absolutely wired. Obviously, I'm much more experienced now and I'm more than happy to make the most of my nap times, but this place will always be special to me. Ultimately, it was the place that got me hooked on endurance racing and swayed me away from my 2014 BTCC deal."
 
The Dubai International Autodrome has hosted the 24-hour endurance race since 2006. The race sees GT and touring cars battle it out in 12 different classes, with the GT3s aiming for the overall race win.
 
"The big thing in Dubai is the pure size of the grid and the speed differentials that come with it," explained Onslow-Cole. "With just under 100 cars taking the start, clear laps are going to be luxury."
 
Onslow-Cole will drive the RAM Racing Mercedes SLS alongside Arya, Adam Christodoulou (GB) and Thomas Jäger (DE).
 
"I have three great team-mates and a second-to-none pit crew. I've always respected RAM Racing and what they have achieved in such a short space of time. In 24-hour racing I haven't yet seen things run perfectly to plan, what we have to do is catch the curve balls as they're thrown and we'll come away with a result."
 
The Dubai 24 Hours starts at 1400hrs local time on 9 January 2015.

OC TASTES SUCCESS IN HUNGRY

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole tasted victory in Hungary this weekend (4th October) when he and his KPM Racing team-mates took the class win in the final round in the 24 Hour Series, the 12 Hours of Hungaroring, in the Milltek Sport VW Golf TDI.
 
The victory is the second out of four races for the team in the 2014 24 Hours Series and completes a 100 per cent podium-finishing rate, which includes the grueling endurance races Dubai 24 Hours and Barcelona 24 Hours.
 
Like the 12 Hours of Mugello earlier in the year, the 12 Hours of Hungary went as smoothly as any endurance race could go. The team crossed the line six laps ahead of the second place car and suffered no issues throughout the entire race.
 
“You only have to look at the car at the end of a 12- or 24-hour race to see that it has been through a lot,” commented Onslow-Cole. “And, that’s just what you see on the outside. To take a standard production car and prepare it to withstand the demands of endurance racing without any failures is real testament to the team. The car is prepared to an exceptional standard and that’s what wins endurance races.
 
“Once again, the car didn’t miss a beat this weekend. In fact, it’s been fantastic all year.”
 
The Milltek-Sport VW Golf is a standard production car that has an upgraded Milltek Sport exhaust system and wide tracked racing body. KPM Racing works very closely with Volkswagen and Milltek Sport to prepare the car at its base at Silverstone in the UK.
 
Onslow-Cole once again raced the 2.0-litre machine alongside regular team-mate Paul White (GB), who is extremely experienced in long-distance racing and, at the other end of the scale, Jade Edwards (GB) who made her 12-hour race debut.
 
“Both Paul and Jade did a great job this weekend,” adds Onslow-Cole. “Jade made her 12-hour race debut and put in two strong two-hour long stints and Paul, who seemed to be jinxed with rain, did a great job in some challenging mixed weather conditions.”
 
Despite the heavy rain on the back of the circuit, the team made some good strategic calls to eliminate any unscheduled pitstops and ensure they maintained a good lead. At the end of the 12 hours, the team had not only won the D1 class but finished seventh overall, ahead of several cars from higher classes.
 
“I genuinely could not be happier,” commented KPM Racing team owner Kevin Poole. “We finished every race we entered and took a podium at each. To take another class win has really finished the season on a high.
 
“This is a fantastic series and I’m currently talking to teams about running them in the top GT3 class for next year,” Poole continued. “KPM Racing is made up of top professionals who work or have worked in F1 and the WEC and, now we have a very good understanding of the 24H Series events, I'm confident we could run a championship-winning car next year.”
 
In 2015, event organiser Creventic is hoping the Series will be granted championship status by the FIA. In addition, it will host the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard. The 2015 calendar starts with Dubai 24 Hours in January.

OC HUNGRY FOR MORE 24H SERIES SUCCESS.

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole and his KPM Racing team-mates will head to Hungary this weekend for the final race in the 24H Series, the 12 Hours of Hungaroring, and they are hoping to complete a 100 per cent podium success rate in the Milltek Sport 2.0-litre Golf TDI.

It has been a successful first year for the team in the 24H Series, which kicked off with a second place class-finish in the 24 Hours of Dubai at the start of the season. A win in the 12 Hours of Mugello in March was then followed by a second place result in Barcelona 24 Hours last month.

"It's tough enough just finishing 100 per cent of the races in this series let alone finishing them all on the podium," comments Onslow-Cole, who will race alongside long-standing team-mate Paul White (GB) and upcoming talent Jade Edwards (GB), who makes her debut with the team this weekend.

"The 12- and 24-hour races are a real test of endurance and even some of the bigger machines struggle," he adds. "But, the way that the Milltek Sport Golf has stood up to everything it has had thrown at it is testament to the car build, the preparation and the guys running it."

The Milltek Sport entry runs in the D1 class for diesel engines smaller than 2.0-litres.  The Mk6 Golf has a standard 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine but has been upgraded with a Milltek Sport production exhaust and wide-tracked body.

"It's been a fantastic year for us in the 24H Series and it would be great to finish it off with a final podium," adds Steve Pound, managing director at Milltek Sport. "KPM Racing, that also runs our cars in the Milltek Sport VW Cup, has represented us with the professionalism we would expect in a top European series. We have been seriously impressed."

In 2015 the 24H Series will become a championship, meaning teams will score points to win the overall title rather than contest individual events. This is a huge move for organisers Creventic and one that has been received incredibly well by drivers and teams.

"I've had experience in running cars in the world's top championships including the European Le Mans Series and the World Endurance Championship, and the 24H Series is right up there in the professional way that it is run," comments KPM Racing's team manager Kevin Poole.
"We've heard rumblings of a lot of new teams showing interest for next year and we certainly hope to be back… maybe running a few cars."

As well as announcing it will become a championship next year, 24H Series will also host the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard, an event that has been highly-anticipated for a number of years.

The 12 Hours of Hungaroring starts at 08:00 local time on Saturday 4 October.

TOC MAINTAINS 100% PODIUM SUCCESS IN 24H SERIES

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole joined KPM Racing this weekend (6/7 September) at Barcelona 24 Hours in the Milltek Sport Mk6 VW Golf and the team maintained its straight run of podiums in the 24 Hour Series finishing in second place in the D1 class.

The race weekend started with qualifying on Friday and Onslow-Cole set the second fastest lap of the first session before handing over to his team-mates Paul White (GB), Javier Morcillo (ES) and James Walker (GB).

In the second of the sessions, night-time qualifying, each driver was required to complete one lap of the 4.65km long circuit. With lightning striking directly onto the track ahead, Onslow-Cole and his co-drivers completed their mandatory laps just before a hailstorm caused the session to be cancelled.

“The hail storm was incredible,” commented Onslow-Cole. “I was on track when the lightning started, it was an impressive sight but I was glad to be out of the car before the hail started.

“I’d have liked to have put our car on pole but, with a 24 hour race, it’s not the main focus so we used the qualifying session to fine tune some of the set-up ahead of the race.”

The race started at midday on Saturday and, as the fastest in qualifying, Onslow-Cole was first behind the wheel of the 2.0-litre Milltek Sport Mk6 Golf. Despite a great start and good speed through the corners, luck was not on the team’s side and on lap five the car was brought back to the garage after a lack of straight line speed caused from a boost pipe clip failure. Fixed and sent back out, Onslow-Cole was in fourth.

At the end of his two-hour stint, the 27-year old handed the car over to team-mate James Walker back in the class lead.

Despite their determination, the boost pipe issue came back to haunt the team several times causing a number of additional pit stops before midnight and costing them the lead. However, the team worked hard to resolve the issue and, in the second half of the race, they had a relatively clear run and were able to close the gap on the leader by 15 laps and take second place.

“It was good to be up on the podium with KPM and Milltek Sport for the third time this season,” continued Casio Edifice-sponsored Onslow-Cole. “They are a great team and the car has run faultlessly all year until the small issues in this race that cost us a lot of time. You’ve never seen a team work so hard and so well together when you bring the car in but they are also a lot of fun to race with.”

The five-round series, set to become a six-race championship in 2015 with the addition of the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard, started with the Dubai 24 Hours in January, where KPM Racing finished second and the 12 Hours of Mugello in March where it took the class win.

“I always enjoy the 24 Hours Series events and this one was no different. It’s fantastic news that it’ll be a championship next year – with three 24-hour races and three 12-hour races it will have to be considered one of the toughest challenges in the world of endurance racing.”

The 2014 series concludes with the 12 Hours of Hungaroring on 3/4 October.

TOC MAKES IT THREE AROUND THE COCK

It’s the third 24-hour race of 2014 for Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) this weekend (6/7 September) as the Milltek Sport-sponsored driver will contest the 24 Hours of Barcelona, the penultimate round of the 24 Hour Series.
 
But, the 27-year old and his Strata21 team-mate Paul White (GB) will be leaving behind the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 similar to the one that they raced in Spa 24 Hours in July, and will once again be jumping in the Volkswagen Golf Mk6 built and owned by premium British exhaust manufacturer Milltek Sport and run by top British racing team KPM Racing.
 
Onslow-Cole joined the team for the first round of the 24 Hour Series in Dubai at the start of the year and, alongside his team-mates, the 27-year old finished second in class. In the second round, the 12 Hours of Mugello, the team took the top step of the podium and, after missing round three due to calendar clashes, they are aiming to take the class win once again this weekend.
 
“To be contesting my third high-profile 24 hour race of the year is really exciting,” comments Onslow-Cole. “The Golf may not be as fast as the Aston Martin but the competition here is tough and we have some great on-going rivalries. When you look at the punishment that these cars take during an endurance race like this, it really is testament to the excellent build quality of the car, the preparation in advance and running during the race.”
 
The Mk6 Golf has a standard 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine but has been upgraded with a Milltek Sport production exhaust and wide-tracked body.
 
“I completed my first ever 24 hour race in this car, so it’s very special to me. It’s marked the start of a very exciting career change, one that is going better than I could have imagined. I really enjoy these weekends with Milltek Sport and KPM Racing, they are a fantastic team to race with.”
 
This weekend, Onslow-Cole and White will once again be joined in the car by experienced endurance racer Javier Morcillo (ES) and VW Cup driver and 20xx championship-winner James Walker (GB), who won a season of racing in the Milltek Sport-sponsored championship in a shoot-out held by the exhaust manufacturer and judged by Onslow-Cole.
 
A week after returning from Barcelona, Onslow-Cole and White will contest the final round of the British GT Championship at Donington Park on 13/14 September.