BTCC: Onslow-Cole returns to Team HARD for three events

International GT Open champion Tom Onslow-Cole will return to the British Touring Car Championship for the next three events, replacing Ollie Brown for Team HARD.

Onslow-Cole will be stepping in for the injured Ollie Brown in their Volkswagen CC, in which a replacement was recently announced for 2021 in the form of Cupra.

His BTCC journey ran from 2007 to 2013, grasping a total of seven victories and 36 podiums.

In his final year, he debuted the then-new VW CC for Team HARD at Brands Hatch and will be making a return in the same car at Thruxton, Silverstone and Croft.

He will be partnering Jack Goff in the second RCiB Insurance with Fox Transport entry.

Onslow-Cole said: “I’m super excited to be stepping back into the BTCC and reuniting with some old friends at Team HARD Racing.

“The team has grown enormously since I last raced here, and I am grateful for this opportunity to come my way.

“I was lucky enough to debut the Volkswagen CC back in 2013 and even took the cars first podium at Thruxton of that season and when the team announced that they would be retiring the CC at the end of the season I thought to myself ‘it would be awesome to get one last go’.

“When Tony [Gilham] gave me the call, I jumped at the opportunity of getting back behind the wheel in the car’s final season in the BTCC, in what feels like a fitting end to its participation in the series.

“Naturally, it’s never nice to hear that a fellow driver has been injured whilst out on the track and I wish Ollie a speedy recovery from his injuries but I look forward to linking up with Jack [Goff] once again after seven years, and meeting Nic [Hamilton], to extract the maximum out of the car.

A crash during Race 3 of the Oulton Park weekend resulted in a red flag as Team HARD teammates Nicolas Hamilton and Ollie Brown (and Team Parker Racing’s Stephen Jelly) were involved in an incident on the exit of Druids.

The team did not participate in the following rounds at Knockhill.

Tony Gilham, Managing Director of Team HARD Racing gave his thoughts: “The world remains in a funny place at the moment and this BTCC season is proving to be no different.

“As other teams and drivers have proved getting onto the grid for 2020 is very tricky and it would have been easy for us to retire the car until Ollie returns.

“Knowing that this will be the last season of the Volkswagen CC and for us to make the best of this situation I thought I’d give Tom a call and see what his plans were for this season.

“Tom’s racing record both in and away from the BTCC speaks for itself, and his achievements since he was last with us are remarkable.

“It’s a great achievement to acquire a driver of top pedigree at this stage of a very unique season of motorsport.”