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Onslow-Cole joins West Surrey Racing's three car BTCC attack

Wednesday, February 15 2012

British Touring Car Championship race winner Tom Onslow-Cole has returned to West Surrey Racing as part of a three car assault on the 2012 title, which kicks off at Brands Hatch on 1 April.

The 24-year old joins existing chargers Rob Collard and Nick Foster in the eBay-sponsored team and will be his second stint at Dick Bennett's legendary outfit after making his debut there in 2007. His signing follows a disrupted 2011 season that started with the AMD-Milltek VW Golf, before a move back to Team AON alongside Tom Chilton.

The squad's existing drivers finished eighth and 14th in last year's championship, however they were running normally aspirated engines designed for the outgoing rules. A switch to Next Generation BMW turbo engines built by champion tuner Neil Brown engineering has given the team added confidence in the run-up to the opening round.

Dick Bennetts confirmed the team's optimism: "I believe eBay Motors has a very strong driver line-up for this year's championship," he said. "We have worked with Rob, Nick and Tom in the past and together they make a fantastic team. With the prospect of added horsepower and torque alongside our in-depth understanding of the BMW chassis we are expecting a very competitive season."

"I'm excited to again be part of the WSR team with such a history of success," Onslow-Cole added. "This season I am looking to challenge for regular podiums as we certainly have the car to be at the front of the grid. I am counting down the days until the new season and can't wait to get started at Brands Hatch's opening round on 1 April."

Tickets for the opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch are on sale from £25, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here. You can also book tickets for the Oulton Park round on 9-10 June by clicking here, the Snetterton round on 11-12 June by clicking here and the final round on the Brands Hatch GP circuit on 20-21 October by clicking here.