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Q & A with Tom Onlsow-Cole

I’m often surprised by the amount of people who actually read my mutterings and random thoughts within this blog, so it was nice to hear from one of the Top teams within the British Touring Car Championships saying how much they liked it. They also offered me a chance to take part in a quick Question and Answer session with one of their drivers. How could I refuse? I leapt at the chance.

So I called on all of my journalistic prowess to rustle up some questions that would have Jeremy Paxman quaking in his expensive loafers. Armed with set of hard hitting questions, well, some that give a bit more of an insight into his life anyway, one of the BTCC’s Fan favourites, Tom Onlsow-Cole took some time out of his busy schedule ahead of this weekend’s round at Donington Park to answer them.

Tom Onslow-Cole back in a BMW at Brands Hatch

Both of you are definite championship contenders, do you think you are capable of winning the title this year, and if not, what are your realistic targets for this season?  Yes I definitely think I am a contender. I am now getting my head around the ebay Motors car and I have good pace and feel comfortable. I am after more points every race and I target a podium every round.

Have you set yourself any targets for this weekend at Donington and if so, what are they?  To achieve 50 points or more. I think that is a logical and good target for me and eBay Motors.

Tom: Title Contender

Who do you think your main title opponents will be this year?  The Honda Team or Jason Plato in his MG

Which circuit on the BTCC Calendar do you like the most, and which do you like the least?  I actually like Donington the most as it is fast with a lot of turns. After that my next favourite is Thruxton. My least favourite is probably Brands Hatch as it has never been too kind to me in the past so I am glad that I have got that one out the way!

What has been your favourite BTCC memory?  In 2008 with Vauxhall. I was still very young in the BTCC but we were dominant and came into the race in poll and took 3 podiums. It was the first real taste of success I had had in the championship and when I really knew that being a racing driver was what I wanted.

If the BTCC could have one overseas round, which circuit would you like it to be held at?  Bathurst in Australia.

Who is the toughest driver you’ve raced against?  Rob Collard, he is difficult to pass and a great driver so I am glad to now have him on my side with eBay Motors!

What three things can you not be without during a race weekend?  My Team, my ipod and my dad.

How do you prepare for a race? Do you have any superstitions?  I always have to get ready the same way in the car and have certain procedures like putting one glove on after the other. I then use relaxation and visualisation techniques.

Brands Hatch hasnt been kind to Tom and the Curse struck again last time out.

If you could race in any other race series, which one would it be and why?  V8 Supercars.

What is the most recent song you listened to on your MP3 player / CD Player?  Will.I.Am – The hardest ever

What do you like to do in your spare time?  I don’t have a lot of spare time away from work and what I do have I use for training. I have turned my training into a hobby.

What is your favourite TV programme?  The Cleveland Show.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  Flying.

Who would win a fight between a Ninja and a Pirate?  A Pirate because they would have a gun!

Tom alongside ebay Motors team mates Rob Collard & Nick Foster

So there you have it. My first exclusive interview for Tracksideviews and who better to have.

I’d like to thank Tom for taking the time to take part, as well as Oli and everyone at ebay Motors for making it happen. Don’t forget to check out the ebay Motors website: www.ebaymotorsbtcc.co.uk  and you can follow Tom and the team on Twitter: @tomonslowcole and @ebaymotorsbtcc

Best of luck to Tom and the team this weekend and for the rest of the season.

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