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Long Term Deal for Onslow-Cole

Long Term Deal for Onslow-Cole

Jan 3, 2013
Tom Onslow-Cole will move to the growing Team-HARD. outfit for the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship to drive one of the Dartford team’s new NGTC VW CCs.

The popular Onslow-Cole is the second driver to be announced for the Tony Gilham-run operation.

“We’re really excited to have Tom on board,” comments Gilham. “He fits perfectly into the Team HARD. team that we have carefully built for the 2013 season.

“Tom is one of the most exciting drivers on the BTCC grid and our goal is to win the championship together. He is very marketable and fits within our ethos – to work as hard off-track as we do on-track.”

The move confirms rumours which surfaced and though it is something of a surprise, Onslow-Cole believes the partnership can be a successful one.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be a part of the team and I cannot wait to get on track in 2013. After meeting with Tony multiple times and learning his plans for the future it became very clear that this was an opportunity not to be missed.

“Not only is the VW Passat CC perfect on paper for the NGTC regulations but it also looks great, that’s got to be worth a few tenths. I’m looking forward to a strong season out of the box and a long term successful relationship with the team. Roll on 2013.”

Onslow-Cole says the move to Team-HARD. was the best option he had.

“I guess people weren’t probably expecting it but it’s the best move for my career and what I’m trying to do,” Said Onslow-Cole. “A new car brings a new challenge and starting from afresh, having a good input all the way through makes it an exciting project.

“Looking at what’s gone on so far, the build of the car is by no means easy but there’s no reason why we can’t do a great job with the team around and roll out a good product.”

Despite the size of the task, Onslow-Cole says talk in his new team has only been about success – and is confident they can step up when things get tough.

“It’s so hard to judge [how we will fare],” he said. ”I think at this moment, we’re all talking about winning, and that’s what the team’s focussed on doing. At the moment everything looks good and there’s no reason why that can’t happen. I’m sure as we get further into the build things are going to get tough but we’re all willing to do what it takes to put out a front-running car. And then the rest is down to me.

“The main focus right now is to get the cars done and get them done properly. In an ideal world we’d get loads of testing but realistically everyone’s got their hands full, so testing would be a luxury, although it is on the agenda.”

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