Tom Onslow-Cole will struggle to fit any more racing into his packed 2016 schedule, with dual campaigns in the 24H Series with RAM Racing and Blancpain Endurance Series in a Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3, but what would be on his ideal calendar? We asked the 28-year-old Casio Edifice ambassador to send us his motorsport bucketlist.
Spa 24 Hours – overall win
I think we all agree that GT3 racing is one of the most successful racing categories of all time. There are hundreds of GT3 cars in major competition around the world and its growing year on year. The Spa 24 Hours is the ultimate GT3-only race; not only does the event boast all of the top GT racing talent in the world, but the atmosphere is incredible. I’ve entered it twice and, both times, mechanical issues have prevented a podium so I’m desperate to go there and win it. Hopefully, we can do it this year in the Bentley.
24 Hours of Le Mans
In 2015, I got my first taste of the Circuit de la Sarthe when I won the Aston Martin Festival of Le Mans in a Vantage GT3. I’ve watched the 24-hour race on TV for years, even before I got into GT racing and, like most drivers, I consider it the most prestigious race in the world. I’ll be back racing there in the Michelin Le Mans Cup this year but competing in the main event is definitely up there on my list of things to do.
You’d think, as a GT driver, that the Bathurst 12 Hour would take preference on my list but I’ve actually chosen the Bathurst 1000km V8 Supercars event. I was a touring car driver for eight years and always looked to the Aussie V8s championship with admiration – the cars are awesome, the racing is exciting and the track looks unbelievable. The 12-hour race is still a target but I’ll always have a burning desire to do the 1000kms.
Nürburgring 24 Hours
I’ve driven the Nürburgring Norschleife many times, particularly for Milltek Sport customer track days, but never under race conditions. The track is like no other on earth. For me, it’s as close as circuit racing gets to rallying – it’s like a tarmac rally stage that takes GT3 cars closer to the wilderness and the elements more than anywhere else.
Last year, the MSA paid for me to enter a round of the World RallyX Championship’s RallyX Lites in Istanbul after I won a shootout at Lydden Hill. Despite it being my first weekend behind the wheel of my Rockstar Energy Drinks Ford Fiesta RallyX Lites car, I managed to finish in third place, taking a race win along the way. This year, I’d like to go back for more, but this time in the top class, and there could be an opportunity for me to do Global RX in Las Vegas. Yes, it was me who suggested that round but it has nothing to do with the location… honestly.