Tom Onslow-Cole will join the Airwaves Racing squad for the three remaining rounds of the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship; making his debut run in the third Airwaves Racing Ford Focus ST next generation touring car (NGTC) during round 8 at Rockingham Speedway this coming weekend (14/15 September).

Tom Onslow-Cole
Tom Onslow-Cole

Photo by: Pat Cranham

Airwaves Racing Team Principal David Bartrum confirmed that Onslow-Cole would be taking the highly coveted third Airwaves seat following last week’s shock announcement that the 26 year-old wouldn't be competing in the championship’s closing rounds. “We've been approached by quite a few people in regards to the third NGTC car, and I wanted to put it out for the right type of driver.

To suddenly find Tom available was both quite a shock and at the same time a nice surprise as he's the perfect fit with our team. I am over the moon that I've been able to put together what could be possibly be the strongest driver line up in the BTCC.”

Bartrum added; “It’s been a tough year for our team; the drivers and team have had to work quite hard and I think that the team can only benefit from adding Tom to our line up. I’m now really looking forward to Rockingham and getting some good results.”

Having notched up over 180 races since his BTCC debut back in 2007; seven time race winner Onslow-Cole has been a regular front runner in the championship and the New Malden based driver is relishing the chance of joining the Airwaves Racing squad for the final three rounds of the season; "Wow, it's been an emotional week of ups and downs but this news is fantastic.

I'm so happy to be back on the grid and I am ever thankful to David [Bartrum] and everyone at Airwaves that made this possible," said Onslow-Cole.

"Motorbase are a great team and I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on the Ford Focus NGTC. Unfortunately there isn't the chance to test before Rockingham but with the help of Mat, Aron and the team I'm sure I'll get up to speed quickly."

Airwaves Racing’s bolstered three car squad is back in action this coming weekend as the BTCC arrives at Northampton’s’ Rockingham Speedway for round 8 of the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

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