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Meet the Class of 2013

Meet the Drivers: 

James Cole: Born 16 August 1988 from Southport, Merseyside. 

Career: 
Cole began his racing career in 2007, taking part in BRSCC North West Formula Ford. He won this regional championship, and in 2008 moved to the main British Formula Ford Championship. He finished tenth. He continued another year in the series, and won the 2009 championship, taking seven wins and fifteen podiums in the twenty-four races.

He was nominated for the 2009 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. 

British Formula Three 
He changed series to the British Formula Three National Class for the 2010 season, driving for T-Sport alongside Alex Brundle and Menasheh Idafar. He finished second in the class. 

Formula Two 
He moved to Formula Two for the start of the 2011 season with British Formula Three teammate Brundle. 

British Touring Car Championship 
RCIB Insurance Racing (Team HARD.) 2013– 

Grid Girl for the year
Emiley Goff

Tom Onslow-Cole: Born 16 May 1987 in Kingston, Greater London 

Career: 
Team RAC (2007) 
Tom began his career in karting at the age of eight. He was the 2006 Renault Clio Cup champion, winning the title by 113 points from his nearest rival. This allowed him to graduate to the BTCC for the 2007 season. He finished 10th overall in the championship standings for West Surrey Racing after recording 4 podiums, including his maiden victory at Snetterton. 

VX Racing (2008) 
In 2008, Vauxhall acquired his services and placed him into the third Vectra along with previous champions of the series, Fabrizio Giovanardi (2007) and Matt Neal (2005 & 2006). He took pole position for round 3 at Donington Park, leading race 1 until dropping to third through an off-track excursion. He was also strong in race 3, before being hit by Giovanardi, but recovered to finish third. He recorded another pole at Thruxton and followed this up with his first 2 wins of the season in races 1 and 2. He would go on to finish a career best sixth in the championship, scoring 170 points with two wins and nine podiums, including five podiums in succession. 

Team Aon (2009–2011) 
Having been replaced at VX Racing by Andrew Jordan, he started 2009 without a drive. Onslow-Cole drove the medical car during the second BTCC meeting of the season, at Thruxton. Onslow-Cole was brought in by Team Aon to replace Alan Morrison ahead of the round at Croft, where he was due to drive the medical car once again. He had to use Morrison’s race suit and seat. He rejoined the team later in the season for the final three rounds, before signing for the team full-time for 2010.

In 2010 Team Aon’s Fords are powered by liquefied petroleum gas, and Onslow-Cole was confident of a title push pre-season and the team claimed four of the season’s first five pole positions. His first win of the season was awarded to him after Chilton was excluded from the results at Brands Hatch due to a technical infringement; holding off Gordon Shedden by 0.009 seconds, the closest finish in BTCC history. By midseason, other teams and drivers were complaining about their apparent straightline speed advantage. Onslow-Cole scored stronger results than team-mate Tom Chilton early in the season, but in the first two races at Silverstone, Onslow-Cole moved over when leading to allow Chilton to take the victories. Chilton’s father is responsible for the team’s sponsorship from Aon Corporation, but Onslow-Cole was able to win the third race.

In 2011, Onslow-Cole raced a NGTC-powered, Super 2000-specification Volkswagen Golf in the British Touring Car Championship, with AmD Milltek Racing. It was announced on ITV4′s live coverage on 5 June 2011 that he had parted company with the team, after the second race at Oulton Park. Onslow-Cole has returned to Team Aon to drive the third ‘Global’ Ford Focus alongside 2010 team-mate Chilton and Andy Neate. 

eBay Motors (2012) 
With Team Aon having left to go to the World Touring Car Championship, Onslow-Cole had to look elsewhere for a drive in 2012. In February 2012 it was announced that he would join eBay Motors, the team for which under a different guise he made his BTCC debut with in 2007. He finished on the podium for his first race back with the team at Brands Hatch. 

PPCGB / KRAFTWERK (Team HARD.) 2013– 

Grid Girl for the year
Laura Bell

In January 2013 it was confirmed that Onslow-Cole would drive an NGTC Volkswagen CC for Team HARD. in the 2013 season in a three year deal. 

Jack Goff: Born 6 March 1991 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. 

Career: 
Renault Clio Cup UK Goff joined the Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom championship for the 2010 season, securing a drive with Team Pyro after comparing well with race winner Dave Newsham in testing. 

He remained in the championship in 2011. Goff stayed with the championship contenders for much of the season, and he took his maiden victory in the championship at Oulton Park. He later added a double win at Rockingham, but his results were not enough to mount a title challenge and he ended the season fifth in the championship, 52 points shy of fourth placed driver James Dixon. 

Goff remained in the championship for 2012, finishing in the top five in the first eight races of the year, including wins at Brands Hatch and Donington Park. Goff was leading the title challenge at the half way point of the season but his nearest rival Paul Rivett took four consecutive wins after the mid-season break, at Snetterton and Rockingham. Both endured a poor weekend at Silverstone meaning the title would be decided at Brands Hatch a fortnight later; with Rivett retiring in the first race, Goff took the title in the second race of the weekend by nine points. 

British Touring Car Championship 
RCIB Insurance Racing (Team HARD.) 2013– 

Grid Girl for the year
Lucie Craddock

On 19 December 2012 it was announced that Goff would drive an NGTC Vauxhall Insignia for Team HARD. in the 2013 British Touring Car Championship season. 

Howard Fuller: Born 31 July 1992 in Worcester Park, Surrey 

Career: 
Started his racing career in karts in 2002 – after several good seasons which ended with winning the Daytona winter festival at Sandown Park he progressed to saloon cars with Jonathan Palmer’s Tcar team in 2007. 

In 2008 he moved up to single seaters contesting the Autumn series that year and then full seasons in 2009 and 2010 achieving an age defying 7th place overall. 

Volkswagen Racing Cup 

Fuller first entered the Volkswagen Racing Cup in 2010 at Rockingham, winning in his second race in the category by a four–second margin. He went on to race in the following round of the championship at Silverstone where he retired with gearbox problems. 

British Touring Car Championship 
Team HARD. 2012– 
Fuller joined the British Touring Car Championship grid for the Rockingham round of the 2012 season, replacing Robb Holland in the Team HARD. Honda Civic. He finished 14th in his first race, bettering this with a 12th place finish in the wet conditions of race two. He finished race one and two at Silverstone two weeks later 11th. Fuller finished the season 24th in the drivers’ championship. 

PPCGB / KRAFTWERK (Team HARD.) 2013– 
Grid Girl for the year
Nicole Craddock

Fuller will stay in the BTCC for the 2013 season, driving a Team HARD. Volkswagen CC.

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