ONSLOW-COLE JOINS VOLKSWAGEN RACING CUP


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Tom Onslow-Cole will join the ever competitive VW Cup field. Photo: www.jakobebrey.com

A second British Touring Car Championship driver is set to join the grid of the APR Volkswagen Racing Cup. Following Tony Gilham’s race-winning exploits at Spa earlier this month, it’s the turn of Tom Onlsow-Cole to tackle the UK’s most competitive junior touring car series.

Onslow-Cole, 25, will step into the hot seat of a brand new Volkswagen Scirocco this weekend (4/5 August) at Snetterton.

The Milltek Sport-backed car has just been completed in the Northamptonshire workshops of KPM, and team boss Kevin Poole believes there is no better baptism for it than to put it in the hands of a talented professional: “This is the first of four hire cars we plan to run in 2013, and Tom will give it a good shakedown, I am sure.”

“I won’t even see the Milltek Scirocco until Saturday morning, and after a seat fitting it will be straight into qualifying – in at the deep end,” says Onslow-Cole, for whom Sunday’s races will be handy practice for the Snetterton BTCC meeting the following weekend. “I’m looking forward to it, though, and I think the practice is going to come in useful.”

Another of KPM’s Siroccos, driven by James Walker, leads the standings as the championship enters the final third of the season. Walker has won two of the eight races so far and has yet to finish outside the top three, giving him a 64-point lead over his closest challenger, team-mate Mike Neuhoff, who won at Spa in his Golf GTI.

The season’s other double winner, Aaron Mason, will be out to stage a repeat of his 2011 Snetterton victory, not least because a series of mechanical problems at Spa brought him and his AWM Golf GTI zero points from the weekend. Mason has slipped to fourth in the points table behind talented Westcountry youngster Tom Wilson, who is aiming for a first podium finish in Norfolk with his Complete Racing Golf GTI.

The VW Cup rivals are bidding to win a fantastic prize – a fully funded outing in the final round of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup at Hockenheim in Germany. The champion driver will receive accommodation and hospitality at the track, in addition to the prize drive at the DTM meeting in late October.

A 25-car field is expected at Snetterton for rounds nine and 10 of the 14-round Volkswagen Racing Cup, whose title backer is US Volkswagen group tuning giant APR.

For more information visit www.vw-cup.co.uk