TOC TAKES SECOND STEP IN SPAIN

At the second round of the Spanish GT Championship this weekend (17-18 May) British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole finished in second place for team Escuela Española de Pilotos in its Mosler MT-900 GT3.

Not only did the 27-year old from Surrey qualify on pole, 2.4 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, but, at the green flag, he stormed off like a raging matador to take a 60-second lead over the competition ahead of handing over to his teammate, Alberto de Martin (ES).

“It was good to be back in the Mosler,” comments Onslow-Cole. “It’s a really raw racing car and it takes some taming but it’s a lot of fun, too. Qualifying went brilliantly, with 58 cars out on circuit it was all about finding space and making the lap count.”

Despite pitting with a good lead, a lengthy fuel stop reduced the gap and left de Martin open to attack from the Española de Pilotos sister-car behind. After several laps, de Martin was passed and the team took second place for the second race in a row.

“It was disappointing not to win following our great start to the race but Alberto did a great job all weekend. We’re a new pairing up against some long-standing duos so I think the best is yet to come from us!”

Although it was only the second time Onslow-Cole had driven the 7.0-litre V8 Mosler, he was at ease with the machine 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 for the third round of the British GT Championship.”

Onslow-Cole impressed in his first British GT Championship in the Aston Martin, finishing in fourth overall and beating all six of the identical Vantage GT3s on track. The next round takes place at Silverstone on 31 May.

Tom’s next outing with Escuela Española de Pilotos is in the French GT series V de V on 26 June at Circuit Dijon Prenois.

OC SAYS 'HOLA' TO SPANISH GT

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole has added the Spanish GT Championship (GT Campeonato de España) and selected rounds of the French VdeV series to his season’s racing, starting with the Circuito de Navarra this weekend (12/13 April).
 
The Milltek Sport and Casio Edifice-supported driver, who is also contesting this year’s British GT Championship in the Strata21 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, is looking to gain as much experience as he can behind the wheel of a GT machine, following his switch from the British Touring Car Championship.
 
So, when experienced endurance racer Javier Morcillo, who owns and runs the established Spanish GT team Escuela Española de Pilotos, approached Onslow-Cole and asked him to join the team and race its Mosler MT900, the answer was, an immediate, yes.
 
“This is a brilliant opportunity for me to gain a lot of seat time in a fast and challenging GT car,” comments Onslow-Cole. “The endurance race experience and the chance to cut my teeth on some new circuits won’t hurt either. With the addition of these championships I’m now looking at a 2014 racing calendar that takes me to 18 events throughout Europe and occasionally further. I couldn’t really ask for a better way to immerse myself into GT racing."

As well as his Strata21 British GT Championship campaign, Onslow-Cole will also continue to race in the 24 Hour Series with KPM Racing in the Milltek Sport Golf TDI, hoping to carry on the team's podium success from the 24 Hours of Dubai and 12 Hours of Mugello.
 
“Although the British GT Championship is my main focus for the year, I always give these other races and championships my all. I’m really looking forward to getting out to Spain this weekend and I hope I can deliver over and above what the team is looking for.”
 
Tom will drive the team’s VdeV race-winning Mosler MT900 in the Spanish GT Championship’s top class as the Pro driver alongside Am team-mate Alberto de Martin (ES). The pair will first race together at the first round of the championship at the Circuito de Navarra in Northern Spain this weekend.
 
 “After working with Tom as a team-mate at Strata21, it is clear to me that he will do a great job in Spain for us,” comments Team Manager Morcillo who will be racing himself in the Britcar Endurance Series at Silverstone this weekend. “In Spanish GT we run the cars as Pro-Am, so he will be teamed up with a driver we are training. I hope they work well together and can put a good result for the team. We are looking forward to seeing Tom in our Mosler this weekend - I am sure he will love the car and hopefully the team!"
 
The Escuela Española de Pilotos team has been racing for 32 years and, in that time, it has won championships in Formula Ford, F3, Formula Fiat, Formula Toyota, classic cars, touring cars, GT and Porsche Cup. It competed in the Spanish GT Championship from 1998 to 2010, winning the GT4 class in the final two years. It then moved to the VdeV Championship, winning the GT4 class in 2011 and 2012.
 
“Escuela Española de Pilotos is a team with a real wealth of experience, which I hope to draw upon,” adds Tom. “I also think I can bring a lot to the team, so the relationship should work well.”
 
Tom will also join the team for selected rounds of the VdeV championship, which takes in circuits including Le Mans, Paul Ricard and Imola. These will be confirmed at a later date.