After his shock departure from AmD Milltek Racing during the weekend at Oulton Park Tom Onslow-Cole will join Team Aon with immediate effect to complete the remainder of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season.
Onslow-Cole raced with the Arena Motorsport run team in 2010, finishing fourth in the overall championship after taking four wins over the course of the season for the team. During the off season, however, the 24-year-old left the team, Andy Neate replacing him in the second Ford Focus alongside Tom Chilton.
Chilton appears to have been instrumental in bringing Onslow-Cole back to the team, the pair having been “in regular touch” according to Onslow-Cole.
“I know that he [Chilton] has been particularly persuasive in me rejoining the team,” said Onslow-Cole. “I'm looking forward to racing with Tom again this year and helping him and Andy develop the new car to its true potential this season. I have some great memories from the 2010 season with Team Aon and I look forward to building on those in the new Global Ford Focus this year. I've very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”
“Tom was a fantastic asset to the team last season and he makes a very welcome return this year,” said team principal Mike Earle. “The new Focus has already proven itself with a podium in its first ever race weekend at Brands Hatch, but there is still a lot of work to do in developing the car further. We know from previous experience that Tom will provide a great deal of feedback and help us move forward as a team and we look forward to seeing all three cars move further up the standings as the season goes on.”
The old style Ford Focus with LPG engine that Onslow-Cole drove for Team Aon last season has been replaced with the 'global' Focus with a Mountune NGTC-spec turbo engine. The new car took a podium in its opening round in April, and Chilton and Neate continue to develop the car.
Onslow-Cole will join the team in a third car. The team had initially hoped to enter three cars at the start of the season, but the Croft meeting (June 18-19) will be the first time three cars have appeared this season.