OC SETTLES FOR SEVENTH

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole and team-mate Paul White had to settle for seventh place in the penultimate round of the British GT Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend (31 August), despite strong qualifying and racing from both drivers.

The pair qualified in their highest combined position of the year and started from seventh on the grid. White started well and, although dropping a couple of places to avoid a collision in the opening lap, maintained eighth position until handing the Aston Martin V12 Vantage over to Onslow-Cole at the halfway mark.

Exiting the pits behind the AF Corse Ferrari of Matt Griffin, Onslow-Cole began his attack while defending from Alexander Simms in the championship-leading BMW. As two of the front-runners retired, Onslow-Cole was battling for fourth place when a small electrical issue caused the car to cut out, losing the 27-year old two places.

With the niggle persisting until the chequered flag, the pair had to settle for seventh but felt positive that the weekend had marked a significant step in the team’s progression.

“As a driver pairing, we have never worked together better,” commented Onslow-Cole. “Paul and I both qualified well and felt that the Aston Martin was well suited to the Brands Hatch GP circuit.

“It was all going so well until, unfortunately, there was a slight issue with the electrics, which meant that we lost power a few times and lost a few places. We just didn’t have time to make these back.

“Still, the most important thing is that, until the issue, everything was going really well. Paul did a great job all weekend. His qualifying was his best this year and that makes a huge difference in the British GT Championship.

“We have one more round of the Championship remaining and it has been a fantastic year. It’s time now to start looking for opportunities for 2015.”

The final round of the British GT Championship takes place at Donington Park on 14 September.