Onslow-Cole secures second GT Open title

Tom Onslow-Cole was crowned International GT Open champion for the second consecutive season after he and team-mate Valentin Pierburg (DE) clinched the Pro-Am title in the final minutes of the series finale at Monza.
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It was Onslow-Cole’s third season racing with SPS Automotive Performance in the team’s Mercedes AMG GT3 and the Brit was keen to make it his best yet. He started his impressive run at Paul Ricard by taking overall pole, a feat that he repeated at Hockenheim and Spa. With a further three class pole positions to his name in the seven-round series, he became the driver to beat in the weekend’s qualifying sessions. 

Together, he and Valentin went on to score three wins and a further five podiums, enough to take them into the final weekend as championship leaders. However, in the penultimate race, Valentin was hit by another competitor and they slipped to second place on the leader board just three points behind the leaders. The final race went down to the wire, but a second-place finish for Onslow-Cole and SPS Automotive Performance secured the title for him and Valentin. 

“I’m happy with my performance this year but that’s not what I’m most proud of,” he commented. “I’m most proud of how far Valentin has come this year. If there was an award for most improved driver of the year, he would win it hands-down. We’ve worked hard in the sim and on data, he’s never been fitter – physically or mentally – and we’re closer than ever before as team-mates. 

“It was so close at the end – we had to finish second and the opposition to finish fourth, which they did – but I love that! There’s no feeling like taking it down to the wire. It shows how competitive this series is and I hope to come back and challenge for it again. Three in a row would be mega!” 

The win came just two weeks after Onslow-Cole and RAM Racing narrowly missed out on the Blancpain GT Series Pro-Am title when he team-mate Remon Vos was taken out of the race while leading the class. 

Onslow-Cole’s 2020 programme will be announced in the coming weeks.

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