NO SUMMER BREAK FOR BUSY OC

Tom Onslow-Cole barely had time to wash the Champagne from his racesuit before he re-packed and left for the Le Mans Cup at Paul Ricard via a red carpet appearance at a star-studded London film premiere and a GT Open test in Barcelona.
 
On Saturday, OC and his Milltek Sport team-mates took a class win in VLN5 and extended the team’s championship lead, before the 30-year old GT racer left the Green Hell and headed for the red carpet.
 
“Being a Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete comes with lots of perks, being invited to film premieres is definitely one of the better ones,” commented OC. “The film, Logan Lucky, was pretty decent, lots of laughs and a fun plot – I wouldn’t have minded a bit more NASCAR in it, though!”
 
After the screening was over, it was time for OC to fly to Barcelona, where his SPS automotive performance Mercedes AMG GT3 was waiting for him and his GT Open team-mate Valentin Pierburg at the Circuit de Cataluña.
 
“The SPS automotive performance Mercedes AMG GT3 is feeling insanely good,” he commented. “The team has worked so hard to get the set-up sharp and I love the track at Barcelona – I can’t wait to come and race here in a couple of months.”
 
With GT Open testing complete, OC is now at Paul Ricard in the South of France ready to compete in the fourth round of the Le Mans Cup with RAM Racing and team-mate Remon Vos (NL) in their Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
“At the last round of Le Mans Cup, we proved we have a package capable of running at the front,” he said. “We know that if we just run the same strategy again, we can get ourselves in a similar position at Paul Ricard and we can aim for the podium.”
 
After Le Mans Cup at Paul Ricard, OC will return to the UK but there’s no time off for the Casio Edifice brand ambassador as, next weekend, he races at his home track at Silverstone in GT Open.
 
“It’s pretty flat-out at the moment, but I’m not complaining,” commented OC. “I love these back-to-back events and my busy calendar, it’s a real privilege to have so much going on!”
 
OC, who has recently discovered Instagram Stories, shares his racing and life with his social media following of more than 40,000 people. Follow behind-the-scenes updates on Instagram and Facebook and join in the conversation on Twitter using @tomonslowcole.

OC CONFIDENT OF SPIELBERG SUCCESS

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) is in Spielberg in Austria for his thirteenth event of the season but the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete isn’t worried about superstition and believes another podium is on the cards for himself and team-mate Remon Vos (NL) this weekend.
 
The Redbull Ring is the home of the third round of the Le Mans Cup and, after a race win in GT Open at Paul Ricard and a second place finish with Vos in the 12 Hours of Imola a fortnight ago, OC is feeling confident.
 
“This might be my thirteenth race weekend of the season but I think we’ve already had our bad luck in Le Mans Cup!” the Milltek Sport-supported racer said, referring to the opening round at Monza where a lap one incident for Vos ended their race.
 
“We showed in the Road to Le Mans what we are capable of and took two fourth place finishes in what is sure to be the toughest and most competitive round of the season,” he continued. “If we carry that form into this weekend, there’s no reason we can’t take a podium.”
 
The pair will once again compete in the RAM Racing-run Mercedes AMG GT3, which, following its success in Imola, returned to the team’s state-of-the-art facilities in Silverstone Park to be re-prepared before heading out to Austria earlier this week.
 
“With RAM Racing, I’m always confident we are turning up to an event with the best prepared car in the paddock,” said OC, who is a face of Casio Edifice for the eighth consecutive motorsport season. “Remon and I are well prepared, too - we tested here earlier in the year so we both know the track. We just have to take as much as we can from this weekend – with a good points haul we could find ourselves in the championship battle at the end of the season.”
 
The two-hour race at the Redbull Ring takes place at 16.00 CET on Saturday 22nd July and fans can watch the livestream on the Le Mans Cup website:
www.lemanscup.com/en/live

OC FINISHES FOURTH IN RACE ONE AT LE MANS

Tom Onslow-Cole has finished the first of two Le Mans Cup ‘Road to Le Mans’ races in fourth place with RAM Racing and team-mate Remon Vos (NL).
 
The Milltek Sport-sponsored driver qualified the #5 Mercedes AMG GT3 on the second row of the grid. With straight line speed down compared to some of his rivals, OC had to use his race skills to battle in the Circuit de la Sarthe’s medium-high speed corners. Despite a four-way battle for third taking place over most of his stint, OC came out on top and pitted in a podium position.
 
Team-mate Vos took over and, after a two-minute minimum pitstop, he emerged in third place but with a pack of four cars within a couple of seconds of his rear bumper. The Dutch driver, who has only previously contested two GT3 races, did a fantastic job and at the end of the 55-minute race the team was awarded fourth place.
 
“That was seriously impressive stuff from Remon,” commented OC, as he put on his Rockstar Energy Drink cap. “I’m not going to lie, it was tough out there – our straight line speed was down on the others but, in the corners and over a whole lap, the Mercedes is fast We had to battle hard in the corners to get ahead and retake positions.
 
“This year was supposed to be a learning year for Remon but here we are battling it out for a podium at the biggest race of our season on the most famous track in the world. I’m pretty sure a podium will come for us very soon but, until then, we’ll take the points towards our championship campaign and focus on the next race.”
 
Race two of the Road To Le Mans takes place at 11.30 on Saturday, just ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Fans and the media can follow OC on social media using @tomonslowcole.

LE CASTELLET TO LE MANS

Tom Onslow-Cole arrived in France today for the first of two endurance racing weekends on the country's highest-profile race tracks. This weekend the Milltek Sport-sponsored driver takes on GT Open at Le Castellet and next week is the jewel-in-the-crown of the Le Mans Cup at the world-famous Circuit de la Sarthe.
 
OC returns to the racetrack refreshed from his Nürburgring 24 Hours debut as a BMW factory driver two weeks ago and is ready to step back into his SPS automotive performance Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
"I'm very fortunate it's my job to drive the best GT3 machines on the market," said OC, who recently re-signed as a face of Casio Edifice. "Although the cars are quite different, it's very easy to jump between them, which is a mark of a great GT3 car."
 
OC races in GT Open with Valentin Pierburg (DE) who began GT3 racing 18 months ago. Together, the pair took a podium at Paul Ricard 24 Hours in 2016 so they are hoping to repeat this success as they head back to Le Castellet this weekend.
 
"I'm looking forward to getting back to GT Open with SPS automotive performance this weekend. I had to miss the last round because it clashed with my Nürburgring duties but now Valentin [Pierburg] and I are back together and ready to race."
 
Once over, OC will wave goodbye to SPS automotive performance and will rejoin RAM Racing at the Circuit de la Sarthe where the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place.
 
In front of 250,000 spectators and millions of viewers worldwide, the team will race its Mercedes AMG GT3 in the Le Mans Cup 'Road to Le Mans'; two GT3 races with the second race taking place ahead of the start of the largest and most-famous endurance race in the world.
 
"It's great to return to Le Mans," OC continued. "Last time I raced here, I won, so I'm hoping we can do the same this weekend."
 
In 2015, RAM Racing and OC won the Aston Martin Racing Festival of Le Mans along with Paul White in his V12 Vantage GT3.
 
"It's a busy time for me but I'm not complaining!", OC concluded. "I have more than 20 GT races this season on the greatest tracks in the world and with the best cars, teams and team-mates. It's quite intense with back-to-back race weekends but, with my friends at Rockstar Energy Drink on speed-dial, I'm powering on!"
 
Fans wanting to watch the races can do so using the links below:
 
GT Open at Paul Ricard
Le Mans Cup 'Road to Le Mans'
 
They can also follow OC on social media using @tomonslowcole.

OC AND RAM RACING ENTER GT3 LE MANS CUP

Tom Onslow-Cole will return to RAM Racing, this season, as the Silverstone-based team has signed him to head-up its Michelin Le Mans Cup campaign in the Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
The Michelin Le Mans Cup is a six-round championship that runs on the European Le Mans Series package and includes a support race at the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans as its centre-piece.
 
The Rockstar Energy Athlete, who has won both races and a championship with RAM Racing, is looking forward to returning to the Circuit de la Sarthe on the biggest weekend in sportscar racing.
 
“I won a support race at Le Mans a few years ago, in an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 that was run by RAM Racing,” said OC, who recently announced that his partnership with Milltek Sport would continue for a seventh season. “It would be great to go back with the team and do it in the Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
“Aside from Le Mans, there are some awesome tracks in the calendar and I’ve raced at almost all of them – it’s just Red Bull Ring that is new to me. I know that RAM Racing have won races at most of the tracks, including our 24 Hours of Paul Ricard win together back in 2015, so that stands us in good stead.”
 
The highly-experienced RAM Racing crew, based at Silverstone Park, are no strangers to the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) paddock. In fact, they won the ELMS GTLM class in 2013 in their debut year as a team, before going-on to contest the World Endurance Championship in 2014.
 
“RAM Racing are one of the top teams I have ever raced with – and I’ve raced with a fair few!” concluded OC, who will be joined in the RAM Racing Mercedes AMG by Remon Vos (NL). “I’m proud to race with RAM Racing and I’m confident that we have a good shot at another championship win together.”

This brings OC's total number of races in 2017 to 24. Earlier this year, he was signed as a BMW factory driver for its Nürburgring 24 Hours campaign; he will contest GT Open with sps automotive performance; he has a post-Nurburgring VLN programme with Milltek Sport; and is signed-up for various rounds of 24H Series.
 
The 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup kicks-off at Monza in Italy on 13 May. Fans can follow OC on social media using @tomonslowcole.