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Onslow-Cole: “I am really looking forward to Snetterton”

Saturday, July 27 2013

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship contender Tom Onslow-Cole has been one of the revelations of the 2013 season and expects more of the same at Snetterton 300 this August (3/4). The Team HARD. driver has also been able to develop the VW Passat in a recent test session at the Norfolk circuit.

The chance to run at Snetterton was welcomed by both Tom and the team. "This is the first proper test that we've done and so far, so good," he said. "We've made a few improvements and looked respectable in the times as well, as far as I'm aware I think we are making progress."

There's also the imminent arrival of a second Team HARD.-built Passat for Warren Scott's BMR Restart team, which should provide a parallel development programme. "Potentially yes," reasoned Tom. "But it could also confuse things really quickly as well, so I guess we'll have to wait and see how that turns out, but it will be nice to see another one out there on the grid."

Tom's best results so far have come at the airfield-based Thruxton and Croft circuits. With Snetterton sharing similar roots, he is naturally optimistic: "We're not necessarily the most powerful car out there, but our straight line speed isn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, so that's going to help. Also we're very good in the loaded corners like you see at Thruxton and there's a few of those here to help us out as well. Where we're trying to improve the car is in the slow speed and the medium speed corners and that's where we found gains today. So I think this track will suit us, hopefully we'll make the most of what we've got."

Tom's early-season form was all the more remarkable considering that the Passat appeared mere moments before the opening practice session at Brands Hatch. With some much-needed development, and a top ten position in the title race, it's not inconceivable that he could make an major impact in the second half of the year. "We're not looking at a championship at all," he advised. "But for the second half of the season if we can get a win or two under our belt I think it'll put us in a good situation going into next year - this is a development year to bring the team and the car along to where we need to be. If we can do that and show that with some consistent front running results then it puts us in a position to come and attack for a championship next year.

"I am really looking forward to Snetterton, it's always a very busy event here. It's a great track - the new 300 has taken a little while to learn, but I think everyone's there now with it. It's one I enjoy driving at."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton are available from £26, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.