SPS Automotive Performance

LE CASTELLET TO LE MANS

Tom Onslow-Cole arrived in France today for the first of two endurance racing weekends on the country's highest-profile race tracks. This weekend the Milltek Sport-sponsored driver takes on GT Open at Le Castellet and next week is the jewel-in-the-crown of the Le Mans Cup at the world-famous Circuit de la Sarthe.
 
OC returns to the racetrack refreshed from his Nürburgring 24 Hours debut as a BMW factory driver two weeks ago and is ready to step back into his SPS automotive performance Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
"I'm very fortunate it's my job to drive the best GT3 machines on the market," said OC, who recently re-signed as a face of Casio Edifice. "Although the cars are quite different, it's very easy to jump between them, which is a mark of a great GT3 car."
 
OC races in GT Open with Valentin Pierburg (DE) who began GT3 racing 18 months ago. Together, the pair took a podium at Paul Ricard 24 Hours in 2016 so they are hoping to repeat this success as they head back to Le Castellet this weekend.
 
"I'm looking forward to getting back to GT Open with SPS automotive performance this weekend. I had to miss the last round because it clashed with my Nürburgring duties but now Valentin [Pierburg] and I are back together and ready to race."
 
Once over, OC will wave goodbye to SPS automotive performance and will rejoin RAM Racing at the Circuit de la Sarthe where the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place.
 
In front of 250,000 spectators and millions of viewers worldwide, the team will race its Mercedes AMG GT3 in the Le Mans Cup 'Road to Le Mans'; two GT3 races with the second race taking place ahead of the start of the largest and most-famous endurance race in the world.
 
"It's great to return to Le Mans," OC continued. "Last time I raced here, I won, so I'm hoping we can do the same this weekend."
 
In 2015, RAM Racing and OC won the Aston Martin Racing Festival of Le Mans along with Paul White in his V12 Vantage GT3.
 
"It's a busy time for me but I'm not complaining!", OC concluded. "I have more than 20 GT races this season on the greatest tracks in the world and with the best cars, teams and team-mates. It's quite intense with back-to-back race weekends but, with my friends at Rockstar Energy Drink on speed-dial, I'm powering on!"
 
Fans wanting to watch the races can do so using the links below:
 
GT Open at Paul Ricard
Le Mans Cup 'Road to Le Mans'
 
They can also follow OC on social media using @tomonslowcole.

OC TO CONTEST INTERNATIONAL GT OPEN

Just two days after BMW Motorsport announced Tom Onslow-Cole as a works team Nürburgring 24 Hours driver, the 29-year old GT star has been signed-up to contest the International GT Open championship in a Mercedes AMG GT3.

The deal, which is with well-known German track preparation team SPS automotive performance, will see OC race alongside amateur driver Valentin Pierburg (DE). The pair made their debut together last season, taking a podium in the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard, and then went on to contest Dubai 24 Hours, running as high as fourth overall until an issue with the car.

“I’m stoked to be back with SPS automotive performance,” the Milltek Sport-supported driver said. “24 hour racing is a real test of a team, and, so far, so good. I’m really looking forward to getting back into a two-driver sprint series, the team have great experience in this format and I think we’ve got a strong driver line-up too.

“I immediately clicked with Valentin and that’s important with a pairing. We are very honest with each other and both share a passion for success and an eye for the finer details. Although he has only done a handful of races, Valentine has great potential as an amateur driver and I think we have a good chance of fighting it out at the front of the GT Open championship.”

The International GT Open Championship is a seven-race series that takes in Europe’s highest profile tracks, many of which OC has taken race wins and podiums at.

“The calendar is fantastic,” commented the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete. “It includes some of my favourite tracks, Barcelona, Paul Ricard and Spa-Francorchamps, as well as Silverstone, I’m so pleased to have a race in the UK. It’s a brilliant opportunity to entertain my personal partners, friends, family and supporters.”

The championship starts at Estoril on 30th April but the team will first head to Paul Ricard for some pre-season testing.