Tom Onslow-Cole is the winner of RX Talent Search
Former BTCC and British GT racer Tom Onslow-Cole is the winner of RX Talent Search contest, organized by MSA and World RX at famous rallycross track at Lydden Hill. As a reward, Onslow-Cole will race in the RX Lites category in October, in a support race of 11th round of World Rallycross Championship at Istanbul Park.
Winner of the RX Talent Search contest is chosen between 12 final participants and whole day of interviews and driving at Lydden Hill. Those twelve were selected from over 100 applicants of 18 to 30 years old MSA licence holders.
Top 4 contestants were Onslow-Cole, European Rally Championship driver Chris Ingram, British rallycross driver Dan Rooke and MSA Formula driver Sennan Fielding. They drove drove Olsbergs MSE RX lites Ford Fiesta and answered the questions of judges.
Jury included Olsbergs MSE team cheaf Andreas Eriksson, BTCC and World RX driver Andrew Jordan, WRC champion co-driver Robert Reid, World RX managing director Martin Anayi and Motorsport News deputy editor Matt James.
“This is incredible, what an opportunity to get into rallycross. I didn’t expect to win coming into today, the competition has been really tough. I’m really happy. It’s a fantastic sport to watch and in the car it’s tenfold. My second run in the car felt pretty good. The transitions between tarmac and loose are really tricky, trying to anticipate the grip changes. I’m not quite setting the times of the regular drivers here yet but I’m a fast learner and it will be great to race in Turkey. I can see rallycross being a big success and I want to be part of it”, said Onslow-Cole.
“It was very tricky to choose a winner, especially from the final four because they were very close on lap times. It came down to the racecraft, how they deal with the media and how they will be as an ambassador for the sport. Tom’s a pro, I’ve raced against him and I’m sure he’ll be very strong in the Lites car“, said one of the judges Andrew Jordan, who will race this weekend in the Supercar category in 4th round of World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill.