|Tom Onslow-Cole’s debut Blancpain Endurance Series championship gets underway this weekend in Monza, Italy, and the Bentley Team Parker Racing professional says that he must be on top form right from the word ‘go’ in what is his most important GT season yet.
Switching to GTs in 2014, OC has had a lot to learn in two seasons, but he quickly proved that he had what it takes by getting overall podiums in the British GT Championship, Dubai 24 Hours, 24 Hours of Paul Ricard and Barcelona 24 Hours.
This success earned him a seat in the new-for-2016 Bentley Team Parker Racing Continental GT3 and a place on the centre stage – Blancpain Endurance Series – the world’s largest and most competitive GT championship.
“There’s no slack in this championship; every race, every position, every lap is hard-fought,” the Milltek Sport-supported driver commented. “Although I’m known by many in the paddock, it’s my first full Endurance Series season and I’m looking to make a good first impression. Have a great opening race and, within such a busy grid, you could go unnoticed, but make a mistake and your copybook is blotted forever.”
Having tested in the Continental GT3 at Portimao and Monza, OC, who has recently been re-signed as a Rockstar Athlete for 2016, is confident that he is in a car that can win the championship. In fact, he believes that, alongside fellow Brits Callum Macleod and Ian Loggie, they have one of the strongest line-ups in the Pro-Am class.
“Ian is an extremely quick Am driver,” he explained. “And, in this class, that is often where the biggest gains can be made. The Pro drivers are usually within tenths of each other but Ian can go seconds faster than some of his competitors. He and Callum make a great team and they’ve really welcomed me in. I think the three of us will be a formidable force.
“This isn’t about any one of us going out there and trying to be heroes,” he added. “It’s about having a quick and clear run and handing over the Continental GT3 to your team mate in the best possible position and condition. If we all do that, we should win races and build a strong championship campaign.”
The opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series from Monza takes place on 24 April and fans can watch live from 3pm CET(2pm UK time) at www.blancpain-gt-series.com.