Tom Onslow-Cole not only completed his Nürburgring Norschleife permit course at VLN7, but he took a podium in the Toyota GT86 Cup and racked up 13 race laps, which takes him more than halfway to getting his Nürburgring 24 Hours licence.
It was a change from OC’s usual 600+bhp GT3 machinery, this weekend. With more than 28kms of track to learn, he and long-term sponsor Milltek Sport opted to race in the Ring Racing Toyota GT86 with Nürburgring specialists Dale Lomas and Luke Gavris, as well as American racer Jean-Francois Brunot.
“You have to have respect for the Nordschleife,” he commented. “The Toyota GT86 is the perfect car to learn the track, while enjoying some competitive racing in the single-marque cup class. When it comes to team-mates, Dale and Luke not only know this place inside-out but they are fantastic at sharing information. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the ‘Ring.”
After completing an online learning course, a classroom-based tutorial and an on-track assessment, OC was granted his Nordschleife racing permit and the Ring Racing team started the six-hour VLN7 from fourth in class. After two stints and 13 laps, OC was in third place when he handed over to Luke, who took the chequered flag.
In order to gain his licence to race in the world-famous Nürburgring 24 Hours, OC must now complete one more VLN race-start and a further five laps of the Nordschleife.
“I can’t wait to come back and race here again,” OC continued. “I have a great respect for the circuit and the drivers who have mastered it. Seeing my Blancpain GT Series competition doing sub-eight minute laps is seriously impressive – the plan is to join them in the future. For now, I will continue to learn what is the most exciting and spectacular racing track in the world, giving it the respect that it requires.”
OC will return to the Nürburgring in two weeks for the final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series Cup, although this time, he won’t be entering the Norschleife. The 1000km race will take place on the GP circuit and OC will be back in the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3.