OC IMPRESSED WITH GT OPEN COMPETITION

Tom Onslow-Cole will make his GT Open debut this weekend as he and Valentin Pierburg (DE) head to the opening round of the 2017 season at Estoril in Portugal with SPS automotive performance and its #20 Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
GT Open is one of five championships that OC is taking part in this season and the Rockstar Energy Athlete is pumped to take on a new challenge as he goes head-to-head with 24 GT3 machines from 10 different sportscar manufacturers.
 
“It’s a busy season for me and I’m looking forward to getting each one of my campaigns started,” the Casio Edifice brand ambassador said. “GT Open has always had some fantastic racing but I think this season will be awesome – both Valentin and I are itching to get started.

"We make a great partnership and I think we’ll be quite strong here, as we are in 24H Series. It’s still very early in Valentin’s racing career but he has shown a lot of promise and is progressing well."
 
The GT Open series is now in its 12th season and is arguably stronger than ever, as it boasts not just a large grid but some of the biggest names in GT racing.
 
“There’s some stiff competition!” OC concluded before he jumped on the plane to Portugal. “We have some of the world’s top professionals such as McLaren factory drivers Rob Bell and Côme Ledogar; my BMW team-mate António Félix da Costa; and my good friend and former Bentley Boy Duncan Tappy. We’re going to have some mega on-track battles and I can’t wait to get started.”
 
There are two races in the GT Open format and the first takes place on Saturday at 15.15. The second race starts at 13.15 on Sunday and both will be livestreamed at www.youtube.com/GTOPENseries. 

The full entry list for GT Open at Estoril can be found
here.

OC TO CONTEST INTERNATIONAL GT OPEN

Just two days after BMW Motorsport announced Tom Onslow-Cole as a works team Nürburgring 24 Hours driver, the 29-year old GT star has been signed-up to contest the International GT Open championship in a Mercedes AMG GT3.

The deal, which is with well-known German track preparation team SPS automotive performance, will see OC race alongside amateur driver Valentin Pierburg (DE). The pair made their debut together last season, taking a podium in the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard, and then went on to contest Dubai 24 Hours, running as high as fourth overall until an issue with the car.

“I’m stoked to be back with SPS automotive performance,” the Milltek Sport-supported driver said. “24 hour racing is a real test of a team, and, so far, so good. I’m really looking forward to getting back into a two-driver sprint series, the team have great experience in this format and I think we’ve got a strong driver line-up too.

“I immediately clicked with Valentin and that’s important with a pairing. We are very honest with each other and both share a passion for success and an eye for the finer details. Although he has only done a handful of races, Valentine has great potential as an amateur driver and I think we have a good chance of fighting it out at the front of the GT Open championship.”

The International GT Open Championship is a seven-race series that takes in Europe’s highest profile tracks, many of which OC has taken race wins and podiums at.

“The calendar is fantastic,” commented the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete. “It includes some of my favourite tracks, Barcelona, Paul Ricard and Spa-Francorchamps, as well as Silverstone, I’m so pleased to have a race in the UK. It’s a brilliant opportunity to entertain my personal partners, friends, family and supporters.”

The championship starts at Estoril on 30th April but the team will first head to Paul Ricard for some pre-season testing.