OC SETTLES FOR SEVENTH

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole and team-mate Paul White had to settle for seventh place in the penultimate round of the British GT Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend (31 August), despite strong qualifying and racing from both drivers.

The pair qualified in their highest combined position of the year and started from seventh on the grid. White started well and, although dropping a couple of places to avoid a collision in the opening lap, maintained eighth position until handing the Aston Martin V12 Vantage over to Onslow-Cole at the halfway mark.

Exiting the pits behind the AF Corse Ferrari of Matt Griffin, Onslow-Cole began his attack while defending from Alexander Simms in the championship-leading BMW. As two of the front-runners retired, Onslow-Cole was battling for fourth place when a small electrical issue caused the car to cut out, losing the 27-year old two places.

With the niggle persisting until the chequered flag, the pair had to settle for seventh but felt positive that the weekend had marked a significant step in the team’s progression.

“As a driver pairing, we have never worked together better,” commented Onslow-Cole. “Paul and I both qualified well and felt that the Aston Martin was well suited to the Brands Hatch GP circuit.

“It was all going so well until, unfortunately, there was a slight issue with the electrics, which meant that we lost power a few times and lost a few places. We just didn’t have time to make these back.

“Still, the most important thing is that, until the issue, everything was going really well. Paul did a great job all weekend. His qualifying was his best this year and that makes a huge difference in the British GT Championship.

“We have one more round of the Championship remaining and it has been a fantastic year. It’s time now to start looking for opportunities for 2015.”

The final round of the British GT Championship takes place at Donington Park on 14 September.

TOC RETURNS TO TOP UK TRACK

The British GT Championship action resumes this weekend (30/31 August) and professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole is looking forward to returning to Brands GP, his favourite circuit on the calendar and the place that he and Strata21 team-mate Paul White first raced together in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.
 
The pair has raced together since August 2013 when Milltek Sport-sponsored Onslow-Cole made his GT debut on the Brands Hatch GP circuit. After qualifying on pole and finishing second, they joined forces for the 2014 season and have enjoyed podium success in the British GT Championship.
 
“I can’t believe we are going into the penultimate round of the British GT Championship,” commented Onslow-Cole. “It’s gone so quickly and I’ve enjoyed every second of it. But, I must admit, I’m glad we are going back to two-hour race format for this weekend – I much prefer the longer races.”
 
Since the last round of the British GT Championship at Spa-Francorchamps, where the 27-year old recorded the fastest race lap of the weekend, Onslow-Cole has contested the biggest race of his year, Spa 24 Hours, and, at the opposite end of the scale, a charity race with Radio Le Mans and close friend Duncan Tappy.
 
“I’m looking forward to British GT starting again. I’ve filled the summer break with some great and varied racing but it’s good to get back into the championship. This weekend the competition is really tough but I think the Aston Martin will be strong, it’s the one I’ve been looking forward to all year.”
 
The Brands Hatch GP round of the British GT Championship takes place on Sunday 31 August at 13:10. Tickets can be bought HERE. The race will be first aired on Sunday 7 September on Channel 4 at 07:00 and on Motors TV at 15:15 and is repeated regularly thereafter.  

TOC FASTEST AT SPA

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole made his Spa-Francorchamps racing debut this weekend (12 July) - in the fifth round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship - and recorded the fastest lap of the two races in his Strata21 Milltek Sport-liveried Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.
 
An impressive grid of 36 cars, including seven identical Aston Martin GT3s, the Blancpain GT Series championship-leading M-Sport Bentley, a trio of AF Corse Ferraris and the British GT Championship-leading BMW, started race one in mixed conditions that were typical of the Belgian circuit.
 
The damp track and drizzle in the air made all but a few of the teams head out on wet tyres. However, after completing the first of two formation laps, they pitted to change to slicks.
 
“It was a tricky call,” commented Onslow-Cole. “We, like almost all the other teams, decided to play it safe and go out on wets but the track dried so quickly that we took advantage of the extra formation lap and made the change. It reordered all the cars but it was the right choice for us to make.”
 
Onslow-Cole’s British GT Championship partner, experienced endurance racing driver Paul White (GB), started the race before handing over after 30-minutes.
 
On his third lap – lap 14 of the race – Onslow-Cole recorded a 2:22.9, the fastest lap of the race and a time that was unbeaten across two-hours of racing.
 
“I had great stint, the car was a pleasure to drive," commented Onslow-Cole. "During the 12-lap run I was able to take more than 20 seconds out of the lead car and set the fastest lap along the way.”  
 
In race two, Onslow-Cole started the race from fourth, thanks to a strong qualifying the day before. A good first run into Eau Rouge saw the 27-year old climb up to third and he and the two race leaders broke away from the rest of the pack before a safety car was deployed.
 
“Alexander [Simms], Wolfgang [Reip] and I all started to pull away and, before the safety car, I had a 15-second lead over fourth place. By this point, Toni [Vilander] in the AF Corse Ferrari was behind me and the safety car bunched us up again.”
 
At the restart, Onslow-Cole wasted no time in escaping the threat of Ferrari works driver Vilander and, by the pit stop five laps later, he had more than a four-second advantage.
 
White took over and a slightly prolonged pit stop lost the team’s third place position. A safety car for most of the session denied White the chance to regain the places and the team crossed the line in sixth.

“It was a shame about the safety car as I think the gap we had would have given Paul an easy run to the podium, but, hey, that’s how it goes,” concludes Onslow-Cole.
 
“The competition here is really strong – the championship is boasting some of the top GT drivers in the world and I’ve enjoyed every second of racing them around this awesome circuit.

"Our finishing positions could have been higher but on a personal note I’m very pleased with my performance and both Paul and I are confident going to Brands Hatch – it’s my favourite track in the UK and one I believe really suits the Aston Martin."
 
With two rounds of the championship remaining, Strata21 are in eighth place in the championship, with White sitting in sixth in the Blancpain Gentlemen’s Trophy.
 
The penultimate round of the championship takes place on 30/31 August at Brands Hatch GP circuit in Kent, UK. More information and tickets can be found
HERE.

TOC TESTS AT SPA

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole took part in the Official Blancpain Spa 24 Hours Test this week (2 July) in preparation for the Spa-Francorchamps round of the British GT Championship next weekend (12 July).
 
Although not currently due to take part in the 24-hour Blancpain endurance race at the end of this month (26/27 July), Onslow-Cole took the chance to test the Strata21 V12 Vantage GT3 on the 7km-long circuit in Belgium, ahead of the fifth round of the British GT Championship.
 
“Aston Martin Racing asked us if we wanted to join them at the Spa 24 Hours test and we jumped at the chance,” commented Milltek Sport-sponsored Onslow-Cole. “I’ve driven at Spa before, but only for a couple of laps and not in the Vantage GT3 so it was great to get some real testing in before we race there next weekend.”
 
Onslow-Cole’s British GT Championship team-mate, Paul White (GB) couldn’t attend the test session due to business commitments, leaving the Buckinghamshire-based 27-year old alone to work on the best set-up for the 6.0-litre V12 Aston Martin still in the Bilstein livery from its recent Nürburgring 24 Hour exploit.
 
“The car ran perfectly and it enabled us to really work on the best set up for the upcoming race weekend,” he added. “Spa is a fast and flowing circuit that requires a delicate balance in the set-up. Too much aero stalls you down the straights but not enough can see your cornering speeds drop.
 
“Spa is a fantastic circuit that I’ve often dreamed of racing at so I can’t wait for the weekend to begin.”
 
In addition to Spa-Francorchamps, Onslow-Cole has added several tracks to his completed circuits list already this year, and has finished on the podium at all five of his International races.
 
“I’ve been contesting the 24 Hour Series, the Spanish GT Championship and various VdeV rounds this year in a bid to extend the list of circuits in my repertoire. I took second in class at Dubai 24 Hours at the start of the year; second place overall at Mugello, Barcelona and Navarra; third place at Dijon; and I’ll be racing at Paul Ricard in a few months.
 
“I have 22 endurance and GT races in total this year, so my switch to the discipline really has been a baptism of fire.”
 
Onslow-Cole made the switch from the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) to GT racing at the start of 2014 following a crossover year in 2013. The driver, who is a face of the premium watch brand Casio Edifice, has been pleased with how he has adapted.
 
“I couldn’t have hoped for things to have gone much better,” he concludes. “The British GT Championship is very competitive this year, so to get on the podium in my third BGT race in the Aston Martin felt good – in fact, we’ve scored points in every race we have done in the car. I’ve been bitten by the GT bug and I’m looking forward to taking on more challenges.”

The British GT Championship Spa round comprises two one-hour races on Saturday 12 July with qualifying taking place the day before. Entrance to the circuit is free all weekend with paddock passes available for €10. 

PODIUM FINISH FOR TOC AT SNETT

Tom Onslow-Cole stood on the Avon Tyres British GT Championship podium this weekend (22 June) after he and team-mate Paul White finished in third place in race two of the Snetterton round.
 

The race weekend comprised two one-hour races and, despite rain hampering the event in both 2012 and 2013, this year boasted blue skies allowing Onslow-Cole to get some valuable dry laps behind the wheel of his Milltek Sport-liveried Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.
 
The pair enjoyed laying down some good lap times and confidence was high, however, a small ABS niggle became apparent in the second free practice session and it was too late to rectify it before the qualifying sessions began.
 
“Something didn’t feel quite right in free practice two," commented Onslow-Cole. “When you really leaned on the car to squeeze the last few tenths from it, the rear wheels were snatching and locking up. We tried some fixes ahead of qualifying but unfortunately didn’t manage to get it sorted. As Paul was first to qualify I think it affected him more than me as he ventured into the unknown.”
 
Despite the issue, White qualified the car in 14th place for the first race of the weekend - good enough for the pair to set its sights on a top ten finish to collect valuable points - and Onslow-Cole still managed to qualify the #21 car in fifth place for race two.
 
“Qualifying is difficult on these tyres,” he added. “You have a very small window to get the best lap out of them. I was happy with fifth, as I knew we could do something with that. Most importantly, I feel like I’m getting closer to nailing it.”
 
The Aston Martin Racing team set to work and, the following day, with the ABS issue sorted, Onslow-Cole went fastest in the morning's warm-session.

"The team did a great job to resolve the issue and in the morning the car felt amazing. I had a real confidence in the car and the team and we started the day in a great place."

A couple of hours later, White started race one in 14th and held the position until Onslow-Cole took over after 30-minutes. Exiting the pits in 12th place, the Casio Edifice-sponsored driver set about attacking the field ahead and, after some stunning on-track passes, he crossed the finish line in 10th place, later earning two more spots after cars ahead were penalised.
 
Race two, however, was the Strata21 team’s chance to get on the podium. Starting the race from fifth, Onslow-Cole stayed close to the car in front and the pack of five pulled away from the rest of the field. Half-way through the one-hour race, he pitted and White rejoined the field in fourth.
 
With the team’s first podium in sight, White hunted down the Audi in front, doing a incredible job to pass it and bring the car home in third place.
 
“The boys from Aston Martin Racing team helped us to gain valuable places in both of the pit stops, which they nailed,” added Onslow-Cole. “And, Paul did exactly what he needed to do to bring the car home in a podium position. To be stood there with a bottle of Champagne each at only our third British GT race in the Aston Martin and in my first season in GT racing felt pretty special. I think it’s the first of many more to come.”
 
Onslow-Cole next races this weekend (29 June) in the French VdeV series in Dijon in the Mosler MT900 GT3 with Escuela Española de Pilotos.

TOC TURNS BACK THE CLOCK

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole is returning to the track that he first drove a GT car at, Snetterton Circuit, this weekend (21/22 June) for the fourth round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
 
The ex-British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) race-winner was invited to Snetterton in April 2013 to test the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and he never looked back. This season, he made the move into GT racing and is contesting the British GT Championship with Strata21 team-mate Paul White (GB) in an identical car.
 
“Snetterton is where I first drove the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and it got me hooked on GT racing,” commented Onslow-Cole, who is also contesting the Spanish GT Championship and various VdeV rounds in a Mosler MT900 GT3.
 
“Even though I’ve only raced in the Vantage three times, my stint times have been right at the sharp end and I’m pleased with my progress,” he continued. “Qualifying, however, is still an area that I need to unlock. “
 
In order to improve, the team completed some qualifying simulation laps at Snetterton at the end of last month and Onslow-Cole believes that there is a very small window in which the tyres are at their peak.
 
“The Avon Tyres have a real peak in them very early on so it’s important that I nail that lap. At Snetterton there are plenty of opportunities to overtake so qualifying is not as important other tracks in the championship such as Oulton Park, but, on the other hand, we’re back down to one-hour races this weekend so I’ll only be doing 30-minute stints.”
 
Snetterton Circuit is well known for being one of the faster circuits in the UK and is where Onslow-Cole took his first BTCC win back in 2007.
 
“It’s a fast track and it will really suit the Vantage GT3, which has an impressive straight-line speed. I’ve really been bitten by the GT bug and I can’t wait for this weekend.”
 
Fan-favourite Onslow-Cole took his Milltek Sport-liveried Vantage GT3 into Central London last weekend (14 June) and displayed it outside of Casio’s flagship store in Covent Garden.
 
“I’m a face of Casio Edifice watches and it’s great to be able to use my profile to get the GT3 in front of a new audience,” commented Onslow-Cole. “GT racing is exciting, the strategy is interesting and the cars look awesome, which explains why the audience figures are growing so quickly. It’s definitely the place to be right now.”
 
More information about the Snetterton round of the British GT Championship can be found at: www.snetterton.co.uk

TOP ATTACK FROM TOC

Tom Onslow-Cole finished the third round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship – Silverstone 500 – just inside the top 10 in the Milltek-Sport and Casio Edifice-liveried Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, yesterday (1 June).

The 27-year old from London went fastest in free practice two, putting the team in a confident place going into qualifying. He and his Strata21 team-mate Paul White (GB) both completed their 20-minute qualifying session and with the time combined, started the race from 10th on the grid the following day.

White started the race well but was squeezed out on turn one to lose several positions amid the 38 GT cars on track. He remained composed and fought back but a safety car was deployed after 35 minutes of racing and the Aston Martin Racing team decided to pit early from fifteenth place.

Onslow-Cole took over the Vantage and returned to the race in sixteenth place. He took no time in settling in and recorded the fastest lap of the race within three laps.

“My first stint was really good,” commented Onslow-Cole. “I got released into some good space and was able to put in not only a quick lap but what I feel was a fast stint overall.”

Passing several cars, Onslow-Cole ran the V12-machine as high as sixth, but after the pit stops rearranged the group, White took over and continued the race in tenth, where he put in some consistently solid laps to maintain the position.

Now in eleventh place, Onslow-Cole jumped in for the final stint of the three-hour race with his sights set firmly on the top 10. He began his assault and quickly passed the tenth place car before completing a ‘stop and go’ penalty for an early release from pits, just three-tenths of a second short of the allowed minimum time.
Onslow-Cole returned to the race in tenth but now with the BMW Z4 in eleventh place hot on his heels. Despite passing Onslow-Cole, the BMW took a spin leaving the Strata21 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 to cross the line in tenth.

“For only our second British GT race in the Aston Martin, I’m pleased with a top ten result,” he continues. “It’s not quite the result we had a Rockingham but things haven’t gone our way this weekend. The Strata21 team has done an outstanding job and I’m confident we can get back to where we were, and even beyond, at the next round. We had a new engineering team, who did a great job, but it always takes a few races to bed things in. It’s a very competitive championship – last year ten teams went into the final in contention for the title and we hope that this year, we can be battling it out among them.”

Tom next races in the British GT Championship at Snetterton on 21 June 2014.

TOC TESTS AHEAD OF SILVERSTONE 500

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole and his Strata21 team-mate Paul White (GB) have been preparing for the third round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship – the Silverstone 500 – which takes place this weekend (31 May – 1 June), with a test session in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 at Snetterton last Friday (23 May).
 
The Strata21 duo raced the 6.0-litre V12 Aston Martin at the second round of the championship at Rockingham three weeks ago and placed highest of the seven identical cars on the 36-car grid and fourth overall.
 
Despite this success, they are keen to get more time behind the wheel ahead of the 'jewel-in-the-crown' of the British GT Championship calendar, the three-hour race on the Silverstone GP circuit.
 
"I've only raced the V12 Vantage GT3 twice – once in Britcar at Brands Hatch last year and then at Rockingham last month," explains Onslow-Cole. "Therefore, seat time in the car is really important. Silverstone is a track that really suits the Vantage – it set pole and won here in Blancpain [Endurance Series] last year – so I want us to go there and take it to the competition."
 
The pair took the Milltek Sport and Casio Edifice-liveried car to Snetterton on Friday and completed 200-kms, including some qualifying lap simulations, in preparation for this weekend's race.
 
"Testing went really well," continues Tom. "I've been talking to the engineers at Avon Tyres, as I think understanding the tyre is key in this championship.
 
"Paul is a fantastic team-mate on and off track and we are really gelling. He is itching to get back onto the Silverstone GP circuit following his FIA World Endurance Championship outing there in the Vantage GTE in August 2012.
 
"Although I've raced at Silverstone many times, the GP circuit is new to me so I've spent some time on the simulator at iZone in preparation."
 
The Silverstone GP circuit is one of the faster races in the championship's seven round calendar. The GP configuration has a series of long straights and fast-flowing corners with plenty of space for overtaking, making it an extremely exciting race. It is also the longest race in the calendar, which is appealing to both Onslow-Cole and White.
 
"The longer the race, the more important strategy becomes, and that's something that I've really enjoyed with my switch to GT racing. My Strata21 team-mates and I are also contesting the 24H Series, which is made up of 12-and 24-hour long races with our next race being the 24 Hours of Barcelona.
 
"So far, the season has been a huge learning curve but I'm confident we have got through the steepest part. For sure, there's still lot to master but we'll arrive at Silverstone in our best shape yet and hunting a place on the podium."
 
To progress even faster on this learning curve, Tom is contesting the 2014 Spanish GT Championship and selected VdeV rounds with Española de Pilotos in its Mosler MT-900 GT3. Last weekend he finished second in the Spanish GT Championship and, although it was only the second time Onslow-Cole had driven the 7.0-litre V8 machine, he was at ease with it and quickly learned the 4.65-km Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona.
 
"My switch to GT racing has gone really well so far, but it's important that I get as many hours behind the wheel of a GT car as I can in order to progress as quickly and effectively as possible," he continues. "Not only to learn the cars but to become more comfortable with driver changes and, of course, to learn some more tracks outside of the UK.
 
"I'm pleased with my progress and I'm looking forward to getting back in the V12 Vantage GT3 at Silverstone next weekend."
 
The Silverstone 500 starts at 14:15 on Sunday 1 June. Fans in the UK can watch the race live on MotorsTV, which is now available subscription free on channel 240. Highlights of the event will be televised on Channel 4 and BT Sport.

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH TOM

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole impressed in his first British GT Championship race in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 as he and Strata 21 team-mate Paul White finished fourth overall, the highest ranking Vantage in the race at Rockingham Motor Speedway this weekend (4/5 May).

The Strata21 team decided just one week ago to field its V12 Vantage GT3 in this weekend’s two-hour race. Despite having only completed a handful of practice laps ahead of yesterday’s qualifying session, Onslow-Cole recorded the ninth fastest lap and, when combined with team-mate White’s time, the #21 car started from 14th on the grid.

White started the race and picked off the competition one by one, entering the pits in ninth place an hour later. An issue in the pit stop cost the team three positions and Onslow-Cole exited in 12th.

Despite the set-back, Onslow-Cole went for the immediate attack, passing the identical cars of MP Motorsport and Beechdean AMR on the way to fourth place, the highest finishing position of the seven Aston Martin GT3s in the race. Onslow-Cole also recorded the fastest lap time of the Aston Martins and the second fastest lap overall.

“I don’t think Rockingham plays to the strengths of the Vantage as well as the upcoming venues, so to come away so close to the podium is a great result,” comments Onslow-Cole. “I really enjoyed driving and, although our pace was good, I’m confident there is still more to come. I’m looking forward to some more seat time ahead of the next round.“

Onslow-Cole and White will contest the remainder of the British GT Championship in the Vantage GT3.

“We have been very impressed with Aston Martin Racing this weekend,” comments White. “It was a last minute decision to use the Vantage GT3 as the team had worked hard to get it ready ahead of schedule. Tom and I both gave it our all this weekend and it paid off. We’re looking forward to getting to Silverstone at the end of the month.”

The Strata21 team next races in the third round of the British GT Championship at Silverstone on 31 May.

TOC TIPS INTO TOP TEN

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole made his British GT Championship debut this weekend alongside experienced amateur driver Paul White and, by the end of the weekend, the Strata21 team was battling it out in the top ten of the 36-strong grid.

The 2014 season-opener took place at Oulton Park - a twisty, undulating circuit that provided a unique challenge in the calendar for the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 - and, in Saturday’s qualifying, the team struggled to match the pace of the competition.

However, Milltek Sport and Casio Edifice-sponsored Onslow-Cole and the Strata21 team were quick to identify the issues and, by Monday’s warm up session, improvements had been made. In the 10-minute warm up session Onslow-Cole was fifth fastest on track.

White started race one and completed his 30-minutes in the car before handing over to Onslow-Cole. The safety car worked against them and a stop-go penalty for premature pit lane release put an end to any real race success.

In race two, Onslow-Cole started and stays hot on the heels of the Bentley, Porsche and Aston Martin in the pack ahead. A measured call on the pit stop, following a safety car, jumped the Strata21 Nissan up the pack and into the top ten. At the end of the 60-minute race, White crossed the finish line in ninth.

Despite a 20-second penalty, for a move by White, that subsequently demoted the team to 16th, Onslow-Cole was pleased with the progress made.

“The Nissan GT3 has great high speed performance but we struggled on the tighter, bumpy parts of the Oulton Park circuit this weekend,” explains Onslow-Cole. “We’ve not had much testing time but we've learnt a huge amount through the weekend."

“We worked hard on Saturday evening to look at ways to improve set-up and adjust to the circuits features. The team did a great job to give us a very different car on Monday morning. We’ve still got a long way to go but we’re moving in the right direction.”

TOC GETS LAST-MINUTE OULTON ENTRY

Tom Onslow-Cole and Paul White will make their competitive debut in the JRM factory-supported Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 this weekend (19-21 April), after Strata21 secured a last-minute entry in the sell-out opening round of the Avon British GT Championship (BGT) at Oulton Park.
 
The team put in a late entry to the BGT championship, following the conclusion of a deal that pieced Onslow-Cole together with White and Strata21 and, despite getting an entry into the 36-competitor-strong championship, the smaller grid capacity at Oulton Park left the team without a slot for the season-opener.
 
However, the team was told yesterday, by event organisers SRO, that a space had become available.
 
“We’re delighted that we’ve got the entry,” comments Milltek Sport and Casio Edifice-sponsored Onslow-Cole. “Of course, we were looking forward to the races we had got confirmed but this makes it a whole lot sweeter. What was a collection of races in the BGT Championship, has now become a full championship campaign, and that’s exciting.”
 
Although the team is pleased to be on the grid, the last-minute entry does mean that Onslow-Cole and team-mate White have had little time behind the wheel of the 3.8-litre V6 twin-turbo machine.
 
“I’d say we’ve done about 500kms between us in the Nissan,” explains White. “It’s not going to be easy to be on the pace of some of the other pairings, who have been in their cars for a couple of years, but the Nissan has, so far, been easy to learn. Mastering it will take seat-time but, with our newly secured entry, we have a whole load more of that to look forward to this weekend.”
 
Qualifying takes place at 16.20 on Saturday 19 April with the first one-hour race starting at 11.15 and the second one-hour race starting at 15.45, both on Easter Monday.

ONSLOW-COLE AND WHITE SIGN NISSAN GT3 DEAL

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) and experienced AM driver Paul White (GB) will contest the 2014 Avon British GT Championship in a JRM factory-supported Nissan GT-R NISSMO GT3 run by JMH Automotive under the Strata21 banner.
 
The programme will form part of the duo’s wider GT racing campaign, which, at present, includes the 24 Hours of Barcelona and 12 Hours of Hungaroring and plans to take on other high-profile endurances races around the world. 

The team came together at a test session at Snetterton yesterday and Onslow-Cole and White drove the 3.8-litre V6 twin-turbo Nissan NISMO GT-R NISSMO GT3 for the first time.
 
"The Nissan GT-R is one of the larger cars on the grid but you wouldn't know it when you're driving it," comments Onslow-Cole. "The high-speed aero is incredible and is definitely a strength of the car. After our first test, we're both feeling positive."
 
In addition to the Nissan GT3 charger they will use for the British GT Championship, the pair plans to make use of Strata21’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE and V12 Vantage GT3 as well as the Milltek/KPM Racing Golf, in which they took podium finishes at Dubai 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Mugello earlier this year.
 
This season will mark Onslow-Cole’s full-time move into GT racing after a series of events in 2013, which he competed in alongside his seventh consecutive British Touring Car Championship season. White, who has raced in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin, will also make his British GT Championship debut.
 
Onslow-Cole explains: “The world of GT racing is something that is relatively new to me but it’s something that has really got me hooked. I’ve got a lot to learn this season, but we have put together a programme that will see us develop very well across the various endurance distances.
 
“So far this year we have had great results in our 24-H Series outings and that’s something I hope to carry on. The British GT Championship programme with the Nissan GT-R GT3 has got huge potential and I can’t wait to race alongside some of the quickest GT drivers in the UK.”
 
The British GT Championship is going from strength-to-strength, with bumper grids, growing spectator figures and, from this season, free-to-view coverage on Motors TV.
 
“Endurance racing is where my heart lies – the 12- and 24-hour races – but, the British GT Championship is really appealing right now,” comments White. “There is a high level of competition and some really exciting racing, so we are looking forward to being a part of it.
 
“We will compliment our campaign with some bigger endurance races and we are always on the look out for exciting opportunities – Bathurst 12 Hours is definitely on my list.”
 
Although Onslow-Cole and White hope to make a full British GT Championship assault, the team is currently missing an entry to the first round at Oulton Park. They urge anyone who has an entry for sale to get in touch.

ONSLOW-COLE AND WHITE PAIR UP FOR 2014 BGT

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) will contest this year’s Avon British GT Championship alongside experienced AM driver Paul White (GB), following successful outings together in endurance events around the world.
 
Onslow-Cole, who is best known for his exploits in the British Touring Car Championship, announced last month that he was looking for new avenues, in particular in the GT arena. The British GT deal, details of which will be announced soon, comes as part of a wider campaign that will see him step onto the European and world stages.
 
“I really feel that the time is right for me to go and explore GT racing, it’s got huge appeal right now and I don’t think this move will come as a shock to many. Paul [White] and I have already competed in some endurance racing events together and we have proved to be a really strong pairing with podium finishes across Britcar at Brands Hatch, the 24 Hours of Dubai and the 12 Hours of Mugello.”
 
The pair, which hopes to contest the whole British GT Championship, is currently missing an entry to the opening round at Oulton Park.
 
“It’s a shame not to have an entry to the opening round, as it would be good to contest the whole championship,” comments White. “If anyone has an entry and doesn’t think they’ll be able to use it, they should definitely get in touch as we are currently finalising our plans.
 
“The full grid is testament to the fact that the British GT Championship is on the rise. It is very competitive and there are some teams that have been running in it a few years but I think Tom and I are a solid pairing with lots of potential - we both look forward to taking on the challenge.”