Tom Onslow-Cole returns to the Nürburgring next week but this time it’s for the main event, the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours, and the BMW factory driver says that he can’t wait to get back and take on the biggest challenge of his career.
Selected by BMW to take on the notorious Green Hell in a Schubert Motorsport M6 GT3, OC completed his first laps of the 25km long Nürburgring Nordschleife in a GT3 machine at the start of this season. Now, with three races on the demanding track under his belt, he’s ready to take on his first 24-hour race on the ‘Ring.
“I can’t wait to get back there,” commented the multiple 24-hour race-winner. “Driving the BMW M6 GT3 at full pace on the Nürburgring is like Heaven for me. The track is incredible. It’s just flows so nicely and gives you a little bit of everything… including a jump!”
The Nürburgring has long been used by leading car manufacturers to develop their road cars. It has since become the place to prove engineering expertise in a gruelling 24-hour race on the mind-blowing track that is not only the longest in the world but is also incredibly demanding and subject to the most varied and often unpredictable weather conditions.
“The world’s leading car manufacturers take this very seriously,” said OC, who recently re-signed as the face of Casio Edifice for the eighth season. “It’s the one that they all want to win so, as well as us at BMW, we see factory entries and drivers from top-end brands including Audi, Porsche, Bentley and Mercedes. This means that the competition is fierce.”
Despite the competition, OC is feeling confident going into the race. 

“I race for many top-level teams week after week so I’m no stranger to walking in and getting on with things,” the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete added. “The professionalism, friendliness and openness at BMW and Schubert Motorsport has allowed us to form a great working relationship and I’m feeling very confident in my team, team-mates, in myself and in the car.”
OC will race the #19 BMW M6 GT3 alongside German racer Jens Klinsmann and American Jonathan Edwards with Jorg Müller (DE) also entered against the car.
“My team-mates are mega and we’ve bonded really well. I’m going into the event confident all the pieces of our puzzle are firmly in place," he concluded. "All we have to do now is hold it together for 24 Hours and hit any curve balls the race may throw at us. I’m sure lady luck will play a huge role in our race but that’s the same for everyone.”
The Nürburgring 24 Hours starts at 15.30 on Saturday 27 May and concludes 24-hours later on Sunday 28 May. The race will be live-streamed on the Radio Le Mans website, along with English commentary from John Hindhaugh and the team: