Top ten BTCC Drivers of the Year: 10th – Tom Onslow-Cole

He took on a new challenge and carried a brand new, under-developed car to three podium finishes - enough for you to vote Tom Onslow-Cole into tenth place in the BTCC Driver of the Year poll...
Top 10 BTCC Drivers of the Year 2013:
10: Tom Onslow-Cole

Team: Racing & Airwaves Racing
Car: Volkswagen Passat CC & Ford Focus
Wins: 0
Podiums: 3
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest laps: 0
Championship points – Overall/Independents: 152/243
Championship position – Overall/Independents: 12th/7th

Having returned to West Surrey Racing for the 2012 season, there was something of a surprise at the end of the season when Tom Onslow-Cole revealed that he was to move on after just a single year back with the BMW team – especially when it emerged that he would be joining Tony Gilham's Team HARD. operation to drive its all-new VW Passat CC.

Going into 2013, hopes were high of a successful season, despite the fact that the new car wasn't ready to turn a wheel until the morning of qualifying for the season opener at Brands Hatch.

Despite that, Onslow-Cole picked up two finishes from the opening round and showed the potential that was within the big VW with a top six finish at Donington Park in only the second meeting for the car.

Few would have expected that Onslow-Cole would be on the podium by round three, but the high-speed curves of Thruxton were clearly well suited to the Passat as Onslow-Cole picked up a brace of podium finishes, including a second place finish in race two that would prove to be his best result of the season.

Thruxton would be something of a false dawn however, and although there was another podium at Croft, the progress that both team and driver had hoped for didn't materialise.

Ahead of Rockingham came the news of a split with the team, with Onslow-Cole then joining Airwaves Racing for the final three rounds. It wouldn't be until Brands Hatch that TOC was able to get the best from his new Ford Focus with a strong fourth place in race one and the 26-year-old will hope that he can build on that result if he returns with the team in 2014.

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December 23, 2013 3:35 PM

A real quality driver Tom, he's a top bloke of track, quick, can develop a car well and is clean and consistent on track. He needs to stay in a good team like Airwaves for more than one year as some of his previous choices have been questionable - AMD were always going to struggle with resources and HARD were simply running far too many cars to allow proper development.

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