It was a long two weeks for Tom Onslow-Cole as he waited patiently to return to the Nürburgring for the second round of the VLN championship but his bags are packed and he’s ready to jump back aboard the Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3.
The opening round went well for the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete who made his GT3 debut on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Dry weather and a trouble-free weekend gave plenty of running time for OC, who is signed as BMW factory drivers for the iconic Nürburgring 24 Hours in May.
“For me, the first race was about learning the car, the team and the track,” he explained. “There’s no point going out there and trying to be a hero in your first GT3 race on the Nordschleife. You have to give it the respect it deserves or it’ll chew you up and spit you back out!
“The weather was on our side in VLN1 and we got plenty of running, which I understand is pretty rare at this time of year. I don’t want to jinx it, but VLN2 is looking pretty sunny, too.”
The VLN championship is a nine-round series that takes place on the Nordschleife and teams use the opening two rounds to prepare for the world-famous Nürburgring 24 Hours. Earlier this year, BMW Motorsport signed OC to contest VLN1, VLN2, the Nürburgring qualifying race and, of course, the main event and placed him with race- and championship-winning team Schubert Motorsport. .
“I can’t wait to get back out there,” the LDNR Eyewear ambassador concluded. “It was incredible to drive the BMW M6 GT3 on the Nordschleife and I’ve been seriously impressed with BMW and Schubert Motorsport. In fact, I’ve not stopped grinning since I was hauled out of the car at the end of VLN1.”
VLN2 takes place at 1200 on Saturday 8 April. Fans can watch at www.vln.de or at
www.radiolemans.com and they can follow OC’s success on social media by searching @tomonslowcole.


Tom Onslow-Cole is set to make his BMW factory driver debut, this weekend, as he and Schubert Motorsport head to VLN1; the opening round of the Nordschleife-based championship and the first of three warm-up races for the world-famous Nürburgring 24 Hours.
The 29-year old Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete, who has multiple 24-hour race wins and podiums under his belt, travelled to Paul Ricard, last month, to test the BMW M6 GT3 ahead of the start of his Nürburgring-only factory deal.
“I can’t wait to get back in the BMW M6 GT3, again,” he said after the test. “Everything I have seen from BMW, so far, has been very impressive – the car, the teams, the driver line-ups, for example. They do things properly and I think we have a good chance of success.”
With just two VLN race starts to his name, there is a lot to learn but OC feels that he’s as prepared as possible going into the four-hour race that takes place at midday on Saturday.
“The Nürburgring is a race track like no other on Earth,” the LDNR Eyewear ambassador commented. “Therefore, preparation will be key. I’ve spent a lot of time on the sim and studied plenty of on-board footage but I’m fully aware that this is no replacement for on-track experience – I just hope we get plenty of running this weekend.”
The first round of the VLN series often falls victim to the extreme and sometime unpredictable weather conditions in the Eifel region of Germany and, with snow, fog, hail and rain all common, sessions are frequently delayed.
“I’ve looked at the weather forecast for Saturday and it looks dry and sunny, but forecasts don’t mean a lot around there!” OC continued. “Of course, I need to drive it in the wet at some point but it would be good to do some dry-running first.”
For the 2017 season, the VLN championship has expanded to include English commentary with Radio Show Ltd. taking the microphones.
“It’s great that Radio Le Mans team will be covering the series,” OC added. “It means my English-speaking friends, family and sponsors can follow the action. As far as I’m concerned, it’s some of the greatest racing on Earth and the more people who get to enjoy it, the better!”
Fans can watch VLN1 at
www.vln.de and can follow OC’s success on social media by searching @tomonslowcole.