OC RE-SIGNS LONG-TERM PARTNER CASIO EDIFICE

Tom Onslow-Cole hasn’t been seen without his trademark Edifice watch for more than eight years and the 29-year old GT star is delighted to announce that he has signed with Casio’s high performance, technology-driven chronograph men’s brand for another racing season.

In 2009, OC was named as a face of Edifice and has since worked with the company to promote its motorsport and travel-inspired premium watches. This season, OC will wear his Edifice as he represents BMW Motorsport as a works team driver at the Nürburgring, along with two international GT programmes that see him visit world famous tracks and events such as Le Mans.

“With all the travelling I do, the Bluetooth Smartphone Link and Dual Dial World Time functions of the Edifice watches are really handy,” explained OC, who clocked-up more than 40 international flights in 2016. “You simply link your watch to your smartphone and just like that you’re back in control of your own time.

“I’m very proud to maintain my relationship with Casio Edifice for so many years,” he continued. “I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in many different levels and disciplines of motorsport and Casio Edifice have been with me every second of the way.”

As well as wearing Edifice watches, OC will carry the iconic branding on his helmets and racesuits as he contests more than 25 races this season.

“It’s a busy year for me, but Edifice will be even busier with some fantastic new products and technologies being launched,” he concludes. “They always push watch technology forward, which really excites me. I can’t wat to get my hands on the new watches and share them with the huge motorsport community.”

Together, Casio Edifice and OC create PR, marketing and social media content that promotes the Edifice range to OC’s highly-engaged audience including; videos that get more than 100k views; competitions to win watches; and social media stories that engaging and influential.

To see the latest collection of Casio Edifice watches go to
www.edifice-watches.co.uk

OC BECOMES A WORLD RECORD-BREAKER... AGAIN

Tom Onslow-Cole and Hotels.com have broken the World Record for the fastest bed, after the professional racing driver travelled in a straight line at 135kms per hour, proving that the accommodation expert not only provides the fastest beds online but on-track, too.
 
At the Emirates Motorplex in the United Arab Emirates on the 13th December, Tom hopped aboard a Hotels.com bed with a modified Ford Mustang GT base and, in front of an adjudicator from the Guinness World Records, smashed the previous record by 24kms per hour.

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“As an international racing driver, I travel the world and use Hotels.com wherever I stay, so I already knew they could deliver a fast bed via the app and online... Now I know they can deliver it on track, too!” the championship-winning GT driver commented. “I was made-up to take the ‘World’s Fastest Bed’ record with Hotels.com, it was an unforgettable experience and I hope it’ll stand the test of time – it’ll take some beating!”
 
This isn’t the first time Tom has held a World Record. In 2012, he and TV personality Edd China drove the world’s fastest milk float for his sponsor eBay Motors.
 
“Unfortunately, I lost the 'Fastest Milk Float' World Record a couple of years ago, so I’m delighted to be back in the record books again,” concluded Tom.
 
Tom will return to the UAE next month to contest Dubai 24 Hours in a Mercedes AMG GT3 with SPS Automotive Performance and the Dubai World of Adventures.

OC FULLY-CHARGED FOR ELECTRIC GT CHAMPIONSHIP

Tom Onslow-Cole has been selected to take part in the new-for-2017 Electric GT Championship, a ten-round series that will see ten teams battle twenty Tesla Model S race cars in the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT competition.
 
The series, announced at an event in Ibiza, earlier this year, is the first all-electric GT championship in the world and the British Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete was keen to investigate the opportunity and add it to his rapidly growing 2017 calendar.
 
“We’re in a period of huge change in the automotive world – electrification of road cars is going to be huge – and motorsport will, undoubtedly, reflect this. As a racing driver, it’s important to be open-minded, adaptable and eager to explore new opportunities.”
 
In fact, this isn’t the first foray into green technologies for the forward-thinking Londoner. In 2010, OC narrowly missed out on the British Touring Car Championship title in a Calor Gas LPG-powered Ford Focus and, in 2013, he drove the hydrogen-powered Aston Martin Rapide S.
 
“Motorsport is a fantastic way for manufacturers and technical suppliers to develop and demonstrate technologies and engineering expertise, and I’m more than happy to be the one in the driving seat!” he continued. 
 
As well as pushing forward electric race car technology, the championship also sets out to make motorsport more interactive and sociable than ever before.
 
“It’s not just the worlds of automotive and motorsport that are changing," he explained. "The way that fans consume racing is changing too. In order for our sport to prosper, we need to offer spectators a way to engage and interact so that they become life-long loyal consumers for the car manufacturers and the sponsors.
 
“I’ve looked closely at the Electric GT Championship and I like the approach they are taking. They are linking up new technologies with new ways of consuming sport and I’m delighted to be involved from the start. Let’s see where it takes us!”
 
The Electric GT Championship is set to start in 2017 and will be in addition to OC’s rapidly-growing GT3 calendar, which is set to include more than 20 international events. His season starts with Dubai 24 Hours in January, when he will re-join SPS Automotive Performance in its Mercedes AMG GT3.

OC TOPS-OFF HIS SEASON DOWN-UNDER

Less than one month ago, professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole mentioned to the media that he’d love to compete in Bathurst 12 Hours and already he is preparing to board a plane and head to Australia.

The 29-year old racer will take part in the Challenge Bathurst Lightening Super Sprint at Mount Panorama with MARC Cars, a local team that runs Ford Focus and Mazda 3-bodied endurance racers and has recently invested in a BMW M6 GT3.

“I’m looking forward to driving at Bathurst,” he said. “We’re taking part in the Challenge Bathurst Lightening Super Sprint, which has a very impressive list of names on the entry, including some that will be racing in the 12-hour race in February.

“I’ve been learning the track on the simulator and it’s incredible. The Sprint will be a great opportunity for me to get some real-life experience there and I’m incredibly grateful to Ryan for inviting me to drive his cars. Hopefully, with some track time under my belt, I’ll be able to secure myself a good seat for Bathurst 12 Hours.”

When the news broke of OC’s desire to race ‘Down Under’ he had to put his middle-of-the-night jump-into-action skills, honed in 24-hour racing, to use. The time difference meant the news hit the Australian press at 04.00hrs UK time and, within 15 minutes, OC’s phone was ringing and waking him from his bed in Buckinghamshire, not far from Silverstone International Circuit in the UK.

“I’ve learned the art of waking up quickly, having contested twelve 24-hour races in the last three years,” he commented. “So, answering the calls from Australia at 4am was pretty easy, but I’m glad the first one was from Ryan at MARC Cars - we go back a little way and it’s a team I’ve raced with before.”

It’s no surprise OC received immediate interest from teams ‘Down-Under’. He’s got a solid GT3 endurance racing record that includes second place in Dubai 24 Hours, wins at Paul Ricard 24 Hours and 24 Hours of Brno and multiple podiums at Mugello 12 Hours, Zandvoort 12 Hours and Barcelona 24 Hours, to name a few.

SACRIFICE AND SUCCESS IN A RACE TO REMEMBER

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB), Paul White (GB) and Jade Edwards (GB) were reunited for their annual pilgrimage to Anglesey Circuit in North Wales for the Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance but, this year, the 2014 race-winners were joined by Olympic cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy (GB) and Paralympic Gold medalist Jon-Allan Butterworth (GB) in the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Golf.
 
The weekend started well, as Butterworth successfully passed his ARDS racing driver test, however, the team soon fell on bad luck when the trusty MkVI Golf, with which the team podiumed last year, had an issue. KPM Racing and Milltek Sport worked into the night to replace the turbo but, at the end of the practice session, it was decided that the failure was due to a software issue that couldn’t be rectified at the circuit and it was almost certain to strike again throughout the nine-hour race.
 
In the spirit of the event, Milltek Sport’s MD Steve Pound suggested that they turn its track day MkVII Golf R, which was in the back of the truck ready for Saturday’s passenger lap session, into a race-ready machine ahead of qualifying.
 
“At Milltek Sport we have development cars on fleet that we use to demonstrate our performance exhaust systems and to offer track experiences to the public,” commented Pound. “Sacrificing the Golf R was a fairly easy decision – we couldn’t let the Mission Motorsport team go home without racing – but we had to make some fairly big and permanent changes to the car including drilling through the roof for the radio system and cutting vents into the bonnet.”
 
With dispensation from the organisers and the support of the paddock, the team had just two-hours to transform the car. With minutes to spare, OC qualified in fourth before handing over to his team-mates to complete their mandatory three laps needed to start the race.
 
“That was not only an impressive turn-around but it was an incredibly generous donation by Milltek Sport,” commented OC. “We all wanted Jon-Allan, who was making his race debut, and Chris [Hoy], who had kindly given his time to support the event, to have the chance to compete and the team worked so hard to make it happen.”
 
The race started on Saturday afternoon and ran into the dark before the 36 cars stopped for the night. On the morning of Remembrance Sunday, the race resumed and, following an interlude for a Remembrance Service to mark the eleventh hour, it continued until the chequered flag fell at 15.30.
 
“Watching Jon-Allan cross the line was amazing - to think that he has started his motorsport career here with us is exciting and we’re looking forward to supporting him as he progresses,” the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete continued. “But, Jon-Allan is just one of many ex-service personnel who came together, this weekend, to help each other to race, retrain and recover.”
 
After nine hours of wheel-to-wheel action, the cars crossed the line to an emotional applause. The Milltek Sport team finished third in class and the Golf R had recorded the fastest lap of the race. Jon-Allan had finished his first ever motorsport competition and OC had completed another successful racing season.
 
“The Race of Remembrance is a great way to end the season, each year,” OC concluded. “It’s a fantastic event that showcases the many success stories of Mission Motorsport but its important to remember that they are working flat-out all season to help any ex-servicemen and women who need a bit of help at a difficult time.”
 
Although it is the final race of 2016 for OC, he still has the Bathurst 12 Hours test to complete, next week. His 2017 race season will then start with Dubai 24 Hours in mid-January. Full details will be announced soon.

OC JOINS BRITISH CYCLING HEROES FOR FORCES CHARITY

Professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole and his long-term team-mate Paul White will be joined by Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, and Rio 2016 Paralympic Gold medalist Jon Allan Butterworth in the Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance, this weekend (11-13 November).
 
In the nine-hour race that takes place at the Anglesey Circuit in North Wales, the team will pilot a Milltek Sport Volkswagen Golf DSG that has been adapted by KPM Racing to enable amputee Jon Allan to compete.
 
With Paul White on double-duties, GT and touring car driver Jade Edwards, who coached Jonny Vegas on ITV’s Drive, will join the line-up in the Remembrance Sunday event. Edwards, White and OC won the race in 2014 and came third in 2015, so they are keen to continue their podium run.
 
“Every year, we see-out another season with the Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance,” commented OC. “It’s not often you’ll hear a racing driver say that there is something more important in life than winning a race, but, at this event, you definitely get a sense of perspective.
 
“This race isn’t about me, or my fastest lap time, or my green lap averages, it’s about promoting the charity, supporting its members, remembering those no longer with us and being grateful for those fighting for us."

The unique event celebrates the work of Mission Motorsport, bringing together beneficiaries from across the UK to participate and to compete, racing into the night and, uniquely, pausing the race for a Service of Remembrance in the pitlane.
 
“It’s great to have Chris in the car. Paul and I actually raced against him in the British GT Championship, and he was quick, so it’ll be fun to be on the same team," continued the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete. "I’m most excited, however, to be reunited with Jon Allan. We first met at Race of Champions, last year, where I coached him and the other celebrities in an Ariel Atom. He was pretty talented, so I think he’ll have a great race debut.”
 
Jon Allan won a silver medal at the 2012 London Paralympic Games before going on to win gold in the Rio games, earlier this year. The 30-year old, who lost his left arm in 2007 in an rocket attack, when serving as a senior aircraftsmen weapons technician with the Royal Air Force, began cycling at a Help for Heroes bike ride in 2008 and was later talent-spotted at a Paralympics GB Talent ID day. He will be the first participant to take his ARDS licence under new regulations, after working with Mission Motorsport, the MSA and the FIA to streamline the process for amputees.

FUEL YOUR NEED FOR SPEED WITH TOC

Tom Onslow-Cole and Rockstar Energy Drink have launched an exciting new competition inside more than 450 Tesco Petrol Filling Stations to offer one lucky winner the chance to spend a day driving racing cars at Brands Hatch, this summer.
 
With one-to-one coaching from the ex-BTCC star and GT ace, the winner will begin learning basic racing techniques in a front wheel drive hatchback before progressing to finish the day perfecting their skills in a breath-taking Ariel Atom.
 
“This is going to be epic!” commented OC. “To be able to take someone to Brands Hatch, one of the UK’s most prestigious circuits, and help them learn some of the skills that I have developed over more than 20 years of karting and racing, is awesome.
 
“I’m grateful to Rockstar Energy Drink for giving me the chance to offer this to motorsport fans across the UK and can’t wait to find out who will be joining me!”
 
Details of how to enter the competition can be found inside Tesco Petrol Filling Stations across the UK for the next two weeks. The text-to-enter competition requires no purchase and is open to UK driving licence holders over the age of 18.
 
In addition to this awesome prize, OC is giving away some exclusive Rockstar Energy Drink swag, so keep an eye on his social media channels for the latest opportunities.

WIN TWO VIP BRITISH GP TICKETS WITH TOM ONSLOW-COLE AND EVANS HALSHAW

Tom Onslow-Cole and Evans Halshaw have teamed-up to offer one lucky competition-winner a ‘money can’t buy’ opportunity to experience the British Grand Prix like a VIP, as part of the leading car retailer’s Move Me Closer to the Action' campaign.
 
The winner and one guest will be treated like VIPs for the day on 10 July 2016, as they are collected and chauffeur driven to Silverstone by the British racing driver before joining him for the day in the luxury trackside hospitality suite.
 
Emma Pochin, group marketing leader at Evans Halshaw, comments: “We’re really excited to be launching this campaign, which not only gives customers the chance to win an incredible prize, but also allows us to demonstrate our passion for all things automotive.
 
“The Move Me Closer to the Action campaign is an evolution of our hugely popular Move Me Closer service and the competition perfectly reflects our commitment to going the extra mile for customers. We’re thrilled to be working with Tom Onslow-Cole to offer this fantastic experience.” 
 
With top notch breakfast and lunch included, the two guests will have full use of the VIP facilities and may even find themselves rubbing shoulders with the stars of racing past and present.
 
“This is a money can’t buy, once in a lifetime opportunity for F1 fans to get up close to the action, thanks to Evans Halshaw,” commented Onslow-Cole. “The VIP facilities overlook some of the most action-packed parts of the track and, if we’re lucky with the weather, we can sit outside just a stone’s throw from the asphalt and feel the cars roar past us.”
 
If that’s not enough, reserved grandstand seats in two locations and the use of the VIP buggy service, means hop-footing around the track to watch the action is easy.
 
“The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is a highlight of my year and I can’t wait for one lucky winner and a guest to come and enjoy the action with me! Have you entered, yet?”
 
Entering the competition couldn’t be more simple. Go to the Evans Halshaw website:
www.evanshalshaw.com/win and follow the instructions. Entries will be accepted between 6th and 27th June 2016. Full terms and conditions apply.

OC RE-SIGNED AS ROCKSTAR ATHLETE FOR 2016

British racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) will continue to represent Rockstar Energy Drink in 2016, as he re-news his Rockstar Athlete contract for the upcoming season.
 
Rockstar Energy Drink supports some of the top action sport and motorsport athletes around the globe and has worked with OC in his racing career since 2010.
 
In 2016, OC’s stand-out black and yellow Rockstar Energy Drink cap will be seen in the Blancpain Endurance Series and 24H Series paddocks, as the 28-year old carries out a programme of just under 150 hours of endurance racing.
 
“Once again, I’ll have four 24-hour races in my calendar this season,” he commented. “These events are demanding, both mentally and physically, so I’m glad to have Rockstar Energy Drink in my corner. Being a Rockstar Athlete is like being part of an elite club, it’s not just about sport, it’s a lifestyle. I’m extremely proud to be supported by such a strong and exciting brand.
 
“I’d like to thank the team at Rockstar Energy Drink for their continued support. I can’t wait to get things underway and push for another championship-winning season. If things go to plan I hope to be partying like a Rockstar at the end of it.”

OC SIGNES MILLTEK SPORT SPONSORSHIP FOR SIXTH SEASON

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) and premium exhaust manufacturer Milltek Sport have joined forces for a sixth consecutive season, which will see the British racing driver continue a role that has developed into brand ambassadorship, development driver coaching and product testing.
 
“Not only am delighted to have signed another contract with Milltek Sport but I’m really pleased with the direction that my role is going,” he commented. “Over the past six years, I’ve become really integrated into the team and I’m enjoying getting involved in so many areas of the business.”
 
In 2015, OC tested Milltek Sport products at Spa-Francorchamps and the Nürburgring; met with fans at Goodwood Festival of Speed; coached the company's development drivers on the ice in Sweden; and travelled to Australia to represent the brand in front of its new regional distributor.
 
“Tom is a fantastic brand ambassador for Milltek Sport,” commented managing director Steve Pound. “As well as his championship-winning performances on track, he is the full package off-track. He always presents himself professionally; promotes Milltek Sport and our products perfectly; fits into our team; and is always there to support us with whatever we need.
 
“Everyone at Milltek Sport will be cheering him on from our new headquarters in Derby and we’re hoping to use some of his races to host our European customers and dealers.”
 
In 2016, OC will contest both the Blancpain Endurance Series and 24H Series, totalling eleven races in Europe and the Middle East.
 
“This is the most important racing season of my career so far and I’m grateful of Milltek Sport for being there to support me throughout it,” OC concluded. “I think we’ll have another great year together.”

TOC TO COACH ROC CELEBS

Tom Onslow-Cole has been signed up by the Race Of Champions to coach the stars taking part in the Celebrity Skills Challenge, including MOBO award-winner Ella Eyre, reality TV star Joey Essex and Rugby World Cup-winner Mike Tindall. 

OC, who is well-known for his coaching roles within the MSA and FIA, was selected by the Race of Champions because of his proven track-record of teaching drivers of all abilities to reach their potential. 

The celebrity line-up, which also includes multiple Olympic gold medalists Ben Ainslie and Chris Hoy and multiple Paralympic medalist Jon Allan Butterworth, will drive Arial Atom racing cars and OC says this will really test their listening and learning skills while providing a lot of entertainment for the tens of thousands of fans. 

“I’ve coached drivers in the British Ariel Atom Cup for a number of years and they are such fun to drive,” he commented. “However, they are not the easiest racing car to control and this will not only push the celebrities to their limits but will surely provide some great entertainment!”

To celebrate his role in the Race Of Championship Celebrity Skills Challenge, OC is giving away five pairs of tickets for Friday and five pairs of tickets for Saturday. Follow OC on Facebook and Twitter to find out how to be in with a chance of winning. 

“The Race Of Champions is an awesome and unique event. Where else do you get to see the world’s top racing drivers and celebrities compete all in one location? I’ll be giving away quite a few pairs of tickets so motorsport fans should keep their eyes peeled!”

The Race Of Champions takes place over two days on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 November at the London Olympic Stadium. For more information and to buy tickets, head to www.raceofchampions.com.

Drivers for the ROC Celebrity Skills Challenge:

Chris HOY, six-time Olympic gold medallist in cycling
Ben AINSLIE, four-time Olympic gold medallist in sailing
Mike TINDALL, 2003 Rugby World Cup winner for England
Ella EYRE, MOBO award-winning singer/songwriter
Joey ESSEX, British television personality
Jon-Allan BUTTERWORTH, multiple medal-winning Paralympic cyclist
Joko WINTERSCHEIDT, German television personality
Katarina JOHNSON-THOMPSON, Olympic heptathlete for Team GB
Denise LEWIS, Olympic gold medallist in heptathlon
Greg RUTHERFORD, Olympic gold medallist in long jump

OC ENDS SUCCESSFUL SEASON AT RoR

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) and the Milltek Sport KPM Racing team will return to the Race of Remembrance this weekend aiming to repeat their race-winning form of 2014 The event that raises money for Help for Heroes charity Mission Motorsport, while giving ex-servicemen and women the chance to battle it out on the Anglesey Circuit in North Wales. 

After a successful inaugural event last year, the Race of Remembrance returns with a new longer nine-hour format that sees 45 cars race into darkness. Three hours take place on Saturday 7 November with five hours on Sunday 8 November divided with a break for the Remembrance Sunday Service. 

OC will drive in a new Milltek Sport KPM Racing VW Golf, an upgrade from the car that won the race last year, and will be joined once again by Jade Edwards (GB) and new team-mate Lucas Orrock (GB).

“I race in some fantastic endurance events around the world but this one is particularly special as it’s for such an amazing cause,” he commented. “Of course, we go to every race looking to win but this race is about so much more. It’s about being thankful to those who have served our country and giving something back to the ex-service men and women from Mission Motorsport.” 

Entry for spectators is £10 per adult (£15 for a weekend pass) and children under 16 years old can enter for free. Tickets include a Saturday night firework display, access to the hospitality unit and passes to the #RoRRock, a nightly music concert.

The Race of Remembrance starts at 1600hrs on Saturday 7 November and runs for three hours before parking up for the night. The race action resumes at 0900hrs on Sunday 8 November with a 30-minute Rememberance Service between 1045hrs and 1115hrs.

OC TO GUEST-DRIVE IN MILLTEK SPORT VW CUP

International racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole will return to the Milltek Sport VW Cup this weekend (1 August) as he guest drives the Milltek Sport VW Scirocco at Brands Hatch and he’s looking to repeat the victory of his last outing in the championship. 

In his last VW Cup event, back in 2011, OC was impressed by the standard of driving in the seven-round series that now follows the British GT Championship calendar. This weekend, the 2.0-litre Scirocco will once again be run by KPM Racing, and OC is looking forward to seeing if his recent experience in the Milltek Sport VW Golf will give him an extra edge. 

“Last time out in the Milltek Sport VW Cup I was seriously impressed,” OC commented. “Naturally, I went there wanting to win but I certainly had to fight for it. I’ve looked at the entry list and there are a lot of the same names still racing, so I expect the competition to be even tougher this time out. Still, I’ve spent a lot more time in the VW Golf in the past 12 months so hopefully I can still bring it!”

In 2014, OC contested four rounds of the 24H Series, a long-distance endurance championship based in Europe and Dubai, with Milltek Sport and KPM Racing. Together, they took a podium at each race and won the 24 Hours of Dubai and 12 Hours of Hungary.

KPM Racing runs GT and touring cars in national and international events. It kick-started 2015 with podium in Dubai 24 Hours with the Strata21 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and is currently having success with its pair of VW Cup entires. 

“Milltek Sport and KPM Racing always provide me with a car that is quick, reliable and well set-up so I’m hoping this will allow me to hit the ground running,” OC continued. “I’m really looking forward to getting back into a sprint race after a year of endurance racing - I just need to remember not to pit for driver change!” 

OC has just returned from the 24 Hours of Spa where he finished fifth in the PRO-AM class and tenth overall with Leonard Motorsport AMR in the Vantage GT3. After his Brands Hatch VW Cup exploits, he will head to Barcelona 24 Hours with RAM Racing and the Mercedes SLS GT3, where they aim to continue their championship-leading campaign. 

The Brands Hatch GP round of the Milltek Sport VW Cup takes place on 1/2 August. Tickets, for the British GT Championship weekend are available at

OC WINS AT LE MANS

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) and his team-mate Paul White (GB) won the 2015 Michelin Aston Martin Le Mans Festival in the Strata 21 Bilstein-liveried V12 Vantage GT3, giving him valuable Circuit de la Sarthe experience and continuing this season’s 100% podium finishing rate.
 
Saturday’s 45-minute race on the full Le Mans circuit was OC’s fifth event of the year but his first back in the Aston Martin. Despite not racing the 6.0-litre V12 machine for several months, the 28-year old took no time in refamiliarising himself and qualified on pole in the GT3 class and third overall and ahead of all the GT2/GTEs.
 
“It was great to be back in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3,” commented OC. “I felt immediately at home in it and that allowed me to hit the ground running as I ran my first ever laps of Le Mans.
 
“Driving here is one of those dreams every driver has so you have a bit of an ‘is this really happening’ moment as you speed down the Mulsanne, especially in an Aston Martin as they have such history here.
 
“This is the very car that I did my first endurance race in back in 2013 and we’ve both gone on to do some exciting things!”
 
The Strata 21 V12 Vantage GT3 is the car that the Aston Martin Racing works team used to lead the 2013 Nürburgring 24 Hours and finish the 2014 race in fifth place. It also impressed onlookers at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed and took a podium finish in the 2015 Dubai 24 Hours.
 
“It’s a fantastic car and I’m looking forward to making an announcement later this week about my next outing in one,” OC concluded. 
 
OC will race in five 24-hour and three 12-hour races in 2015.  See his calendar HERE (some events are yet to be announced so not yet included).

OC SMASHES FIA WORLD RX TALENT SEARCH

Professional GT racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) proved he's not a one trick pony today when he won the FIA World Rally Cross (RX) Championship's inaugural RX Talent Search, landing him a drive in the Turkish round of the RX Lites championship in October.
 
Up against drivers from a wide range of motosport disciplines, including rallying, OC knew the competition was tough, especially as he had never driven a rally cross car before.
 
"I knew that the rally boys would be quick – they were my biggest competition," he commented. "It was a completely new bit of kit for me to learn but I'm used to jumping in different cars and driving fast... well, at least trying to!"
 
The 12 competitors all drove a 310bhp mid-engined RX Lites car, which is designed by Olsbergs MSE in co-operation with Avitas Motorsport, on Lydden Hill Circuit and, as well as being marked on pace and driving skill, they were grilled by a panel of judges who were looking for the best driver to represent the championship on a global stage.
 
"Overall, I think the best man on the day won," commented Martin Anayi, World RX Manager. "Tom will do a very good job of promoting our sport but, most importantly, will have a very strong chance of winning RX Lites."
 
OC is no stranger to the sport as he attended the British round of the World RallyX Championship in 2014 as a guest of fellow Rockstar Athlete Tanner Foust.
 
"I think I'll be putting a call in to Tanner for some tips ahead of the main event in October," added OC. "World RX is a fantastic championship, which is taking the world by storm, so to be a part of it is awesome.
 
"Rally cross has always excited me and I've always wanted to have a go but it's not always that easy to just pick and choose what you want to do. Winning this prize puts me on a platform within the sport that I can then go and build on - I'd love to do more after this. I want to say thanks to the guys at World RX for inviting me to be a part of this."
 
Tom now returns to GT racing in the 12 Hours of Zandvoort on 30 May where he will race his Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 with top International racing team Ram Racing.

OC SIGNS NEW DEAL WITH MILLTEK SPORT

Tom Onslow-Cole has signed a new deal with long-term sponsor Milltek Sport, which will see the 27-year old continue his role as brand ambassador for the premium exhaust manufacturer for the 2015 season.

The partnership has gone from strength-to-strength during the past four years as the British exhaust manufacturer has expanded further in Europe and into America and Onslow-Cole has moved from the British Touring Car Championship to a new career in International GT racing.

“Milltek Sport has been a huge part of my journey,” commented Onslow-Cole. “We enjoyed success at national level together and have now made the next step into Europe and beyond as they also widen their horizons. The guys at Milltek Sport are like family to me now so it’s great to be so close to them as they experience such success around the world."

Onslow-Cole has recently announced he will drive for British racing team Ram Racing in the 2015 24H Series. The championship takes in long distance endurance races in Europe and the Middle East offering Milltek Sport multiple opportunities to host guests in its expanding markets.

“We’ve positioned ourselves very strongly in the UK so the next natural step for us is to expand and strengthen our European markets,” commented Steve Pound, Managing Director at Milltek Sport. “With Tom racing in Europe, we can look at taking new customers and retailers along to races and further activating our partnership.”

In addition to his racing programme, Onslow-Cole will attend key events in Milltek Sport’s events calendar including Goodwood Festival of Speed, The Tuner GP and of course supporting them in their title sponsorship of the Milltek Sport UK Volkswagen Racing Cup.

“It’s always good fun attending events with Milltek Sport,” added Onslow-Cole. “Their customers are such enthusiastic petrolheads and you find yourself chatting away about cars for hours."

Onslow-Cole puts this passion for cars into practice and is also involved in Milltek Sport's testing and development programme, most recently working on the world's first 4x4 Volkswagen Jetta, which was designed and built by the company.

“It’s great to work with brands that you believe in. I use a Milltek Sport exhaust system myself and enjoy all of the performance benefits, as well as its incredible sound. 
“I’m very fortunate to have such a loyal partner in Milltek Sport and I look forward to another season working together.”

Tom will next wear race in the 12 Hours of Mugello in Tuscany, Italy, on 13/14 March when he drives the Ram Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.

OC REFLECTS AHEAD OF DONINGTON

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole heads to the final round of his first Avon Tyres British GT Championship season at Donington Park this weekend (13/14 September) and reflects on his first full year of GT racing.
 
Already a well-known name in racing, thanks to a successful career in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), Onslow-Cole made the switch to GT racing at the start of this year and has 21 races around the world in his 2014 calendar. 
 
At the centre of his current GT campaign, the 27-year old has teamed up with Paul White (GB) in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 to contest the British GT Championship, a series that he argues is the toughest national GT competition in the world.
 
“I have been seriously impressed with the British GT Championship this year,” he commented. “The standard of both the PRO and the AM drivers is so high and the championship is really well run.”
 
The Strata21 team, run by Aston Martin Racing, has had success this year; taking a podium at Snetterton in June; finishing every race of the season; and scoring points in each of the five rounds in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
 
“The key to winning this championship is consistency,” commented the Milltek Sport and Casio Edifice-sponsored driver. “We’ve not been at the front enough this year as a pair, but we have been consistently inside the top ten and finished every race, and the Vantage GT3 has enabled us to do that. It’s been fast at every circuit and always very reliable.
 
“Making the move into GTs was a difficult one for me but, having almost completed my first year in British GT, I'm extremely happy that I did. It’s definitely where my future lies and, right now, the future is looking pretty good.”

The final race in the British GT Championship takes place at Donington Park on Sunday 14 September at 12.55 and Onslow-Cole is looking forward to getting back into the Aston Martin.
 
“Paul did an incredible job at Brands Hatch so we are confident going into Donington. I’m looking forward to the season finale but disappointed that the season is coming to an end. I’m busy looking into options for next year and having some interesting conversations, and I still have a lot of racing in Europe in the next few months,” he concludes.

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ONSLOW-COLE RETAINS MILLTEK SPORT AND CASIO IN BGT MOVE

Tom Onslow-Cole and Paul White revealed the livery for Strata21’s 2014 JRM factory-supported Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 at the official media day today (8 April) and announced its 2014 partners, including premium brands Milltek Sport and Casio Edifice.
 
The design, using Milltek Sports’ red, white and black palette and striking K emblem, was created by StudioJQ and fits the ‘clean but mean’ brief given by the team while enhancing the partners’ positioning on the car.
 
“We wanted to make the livery clean and sharp to draw your eye to the sponsors’ branding” explains Onslow-Cole. “I think we’ve done that well, it stands out from the side of the track and will look clear and crisp on TV.”
 
Onslow-Cole has been a brand ambassador for Milltek Sport for three years and the British exhaust manufacturer has followed him from the British Touring Car Championship into the British GT Championship as part of their partnership.
 
“I’m very fortunate to have Milltek on board,” Onslow-Cole continues. “Their commitment to me in the British GT Championship is an extension of my brand ambassador role and is in addition to the endurance racing we have been undertaking in the Milltek Sport Golf this season.”
 
Milltek Sport is at the forefront of performance exhaust development and offers a comprehensive range of products for leading marques including Nissan.
 
“We are really pleased to be partnering with Tom in the British GT Championship,” comments Steve Pound, Managing Director at Milltek Sport. “The move into GT racing compliments the endurance events that we have been contesting together in our Milltek Sport Golf TDI and the races sit alongside the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup, of which we have recently become title sponsor.”
 
Also following Onslow-Cole to the British GT Championship is watch manufacturer Casio. “I’ve partnered with Casio since 2008,” comments Onslow-Cole. “I’m an ambassador of the Edifice range, which is the motorsport-inspired timepiece collection. There has always been a strong connection between endurance racing and timekeeping and I’m proud to be bringing one of the world’s most famous watch brands into the British GT Championship.”
 
Edifice watches are the Casio analogue range, built with precision and engineering in mind. They are designed to meet motor racing vibration-resistance standards, they are equipped with Super Illuminator function to enhance visibility in low light environments and Smart Access function, which enables intuitive operation of multiple functions.
 
“We are delighted to continue to sponsor Tom” says Tim Gould, Head of Marketing for Casio. “It is really exciting to support Tom in this new venture, which is a really good fit for our Casio Edifice range”.
 
In addition, Rockstar Energy Drinks will continue to support Onslow-Cole in 2014 and Strata21 welcomes Grove and Dean as its insurance partner.
 
“GT racing is on the rise, not just in the UK but world-wide,” adds Onslow-Cole. “And, I’m excited to take my premium brand partners into this exciting new arena. With growing audiences, improved TV packages and new talent coming through, I think there is a very strong future for the championship and the discipline as a whole.
 
“I’d like to thank all of my partners for their support in this new chapter of my racing career. I look forward to the new challenges that lie ahead.”
 
As well as contesting the British GT Championship, Onslow-Cole will race in the 24 Hours of Barcelona and the 12 Hours of Hungaroring in the Milltek Sport Golf TDI run by KPM Racing.
 
The Strata21 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, which will be run by JRM-supported team JMH Automotive, will take part in this afternoon’s test session at Donington Park.