Tom Onslow-Cole has announced that will not be participating in the 2014 British Touring Car Championship, as he explores opportunities outside of the UK and looks to further his career in sportscar racing.
Onslow-Cole has shifted his attentions from the touring car scene for the coming season as he bids to further a career in sportscar racing, having raced last year in an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 alongside his BTCC duties for Motorbase and Team HARD.
The 2006 Renault UK Clio Cup champion began racing in BTCC during the 2007 season with West Surrey Racing, and has since claimed seven race victories during his seven seasons in the championship.
“The British Touring Car Championship has been my home for many years and I still believe it is one of the greatest series in the world. I had a serious opportunity to race in the championship again this year, with, what I believe, is a team capable of winning the title. However, after much thought, I’ve decided to explore some other options outside of the BTCC.
“I’ve been looking into sportscar racing since the start of last year when the chance to test and compete in an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 came my way. Since then I’ve raced in Dubai 24 Hours and am looking to continue this momentum with some further GT outings.
“That said, this isn’t the end of me and the BTCC. I have unfinished business here and I’m sure I’ll be back one day to complete the job. For now, I’m widening my experience as a driver and exploring what could be some very exciting career opportunities.
“I’d like to thank TOCA, all the fans, the teams and my sponsors that have supported me throughout the last 10 years. It’s been an awesome ride and I hope the next 10 years live up to it.”
The news effectively means that Mat Jackson now becomes favourite to claim the third and final Motorbase BTCC seat for 2014, alongside Fabrizio Giovanardi and Jack Clarke.