Onslow-cole eyes Bathurst 12 Hours drive

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Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship race win­ner Tom Onslow-cole is tar­get­ing a drive in the Bathurst 12 Hours next year af­ter test­ing a GT3 car on the Mount Panorama Cir­cuit last week.

Onslow-cole has com­peted in GTS since leav­ing the BTCC at the end of 2013, and got the chance to drive the BMW M6 GT3 for the first time as he tar­gets a deal with the Mac­sport team.

“I want to do the Bathurst 12 Hours, it’s been an iconic track for me from around eight-year­sold and the early Playsta­tion games,” he said. “The team want to do it, I want to do it. [But] the deal is never that sim­ple! The team are work­ing and try­ing to get me over there to do the race.”

The track record is held by a GT3 car – set by Shane van Gis­ber­gen in a Mclaren – and Onslow-cole said he was most im­pressed with the car’s aero.

“It was pretty awe­some! The track is so quick through the moun­tain sec­tion and the aero of the GT car was in­cred­i­ble,” he added. “A GT3 car has the lap record around there, and it’s not sur­pris­ing hav­ing driven it.”

The Brit is yet to an­nounce his full-time plans for 2017, but is close to a deal to com­pete in a GT cham­pi­onship. Trips to the Nur­bur­gring for VLN and the 24 Hours are also in the off­ing.

TOC drove M6 GT3 at Mount Panorama

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