Onslow-Cole anticipates 'fantastic' BTCC showdown at Brands Hatch


Onslow-Cole Anticipates 'Fantastic' BTCC Showdown at Brands Hatch

"Everything is set – we are in a positive frame of mind," says Casio Edifice's Tom Onslow-Cole as he looks ahead to the British Tour Car Championship finale this weekend.

It is gearing up to be a memorable season ender at Brands Hatch and AOL Cars caught up with the Airwaves Racing man to get some title predictions and find out what his own hopes are for a title challenge in 2014.
> This year's BTCC title is up for grabs and with any one of five drivers capable of taking the crown at the legendary Kent track, there promises to be plenty of drama and excitement come Sunday.

Championship leader Andrew Jordan is in prime position going in to the weekend showdown ahead of three-time champion Matt Neal by 34 points, while reigning champion Gordon Shedden lies third with Colin Turkington and Jason Plato fourth and fifth respectively.

All five are in with a chance, but Onslow-Cole feels Jordan and his Eurotech Honda may be just too far in front.

"I think Jordan's done a very solid job this year. Although there are five people who can mathematically win it - I think it's Jordan's to lose really," the 26-year-old remarked.

Honda's Matt Neal is doubtful for the weekend with a broken finger so there may be one less challenger for Jordan to worry about, but Onslow-Cole knows that anything can happen when it comes to race day.

"It only needs for Jordan to have a failure in race one and that could really destroy his weekend while someone else takes all the glory," he said.

It has been a season of ups and downs for the former Kraftwerk driver, who admits there has been 'good performance at the wrong end of the grid' during the 2013 campaign.

Currently 13th in the overall standings, Onslow-Cole is looking to end the season at Brands on a personal high in the Ford Focus.

Onslow-Cole Anticipates 'Fantastic' BTCC Showdown at Brands Hatch

"It will be a fantastic weekend. We are confident we are going into this weekend with a very good car – you can feel the potential in it."

Onslow-Cole has only been with the Airwaves team since September and after a tricky start to life under David Bartrum, the seven-time BTCC race winner believes this weekend's finale can provide a great platform going into 2014.

"The work we've done so far sets everything up very nicely for next year. I think they're really geared up for a championship attack in 2014," the Kingston-born driver enthused.

His future remains unclear though. Discussions are still ongoing about a permanent switch to Airwaves and he admits 'it's somewhere where I would love to remain', but for now, the focus is this weekend and his own race preparations.

Lucky qualifying socks, left hand over right when driving and even the 'Casio watch goes into a specific part of the bag' - the pre-race rituals are many, but for Sunday's season decider it will come down to who can hold their nerve on the day. After all, like Onslow-Cole says, "It's not done by any stretch of the imagination."

Tom wears a Casio Edifice EFM-100D to ensure he is always on pace and time, both on and off the track. To see the wider collection of motorsport inspired Edifice watches, head to www.edifice-watches.co.uk