Tom Onslow-Cole says he has been blown away by how quickly Team Parker Racing have gotten to grips with the Bentley Continetal GT3 they will enter in the Blancpain Endurance Series this year.
28 year-old Onslow-Cole, who will also defend his 24 Hour Series crown with RAM Racing, will be joined by Callum Macleod and Ian Loggie at Stuart Parker’s team, which won the Am class title in 2015 with an Audi R8 LMS ultra.
“I’ve known Stuart and seen the team operate for quite a long time, so it’s great to finally drive with him and see how things work on the inside of his team,” says Onslow-Cole, who made the switch from touring cars to GTs in 2014.
“We’ve already done a few tests together and I’ve been blown away by the team to be honest, they’ve done a brilliant job at getting a handle on the car. Quite often when you have a new car to a team, you’re expecting a bit of a learning curve, but if you didn’t already know then it wouldn’t be obvious at all, they’ve really taken to it quickly.”
Initial impressions from testing have so far been encouraging, with Onslow-Cole particularly enthused by the Continental GT3’s agility. With the underrated Macleod and safe pair of hands Loggie providing capable support, Onslow-Cole is optimistic of a strong season ahead.
“The Bentley is very light on its toes, I was very impressed,” he said. “I was expecting it to drive like quite a big car – I was thinking of my experience in the Nissan and the SLS – but actually it’s incredibly nimble, they really have done a great job of engineering the car.
“Everything I’ve seen of my team-mates so far has been brilliant, we’ve got what we think is a very strong line-up across the board. Callum has flown under the radar in recent years, but in testing he’s been very quick and Ian is last year’s Am champion, enough said. We’re really excited to go to Paul Ricard and check out the opposition because at the moment we don’t really know exactly what we’re up against.”
Did you know?
Budget issues have meant Callum Macleod has had to sit on the side-lines more often than he would have liked in recent seasons, but did you know the 28 year old beat the likes of Nick Tandy and James Nash to dominate the 2007 British Formula Ford title, taking 14 wins from 25 races? His record was subsequently broken by Scott Malvern (18 from 24) in 2011 and Dan Cammish (24 in 24 starts) in 2013.