New Malden’s Tom Onslow-Cole has signed up for one of his more difficult challenges yet - to teach Joey Essex how to drive.

The 28-year-old race ace has agreed a deal with Race of Champions organisers to coach a host of celebrities – including Essex, six-time Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy and 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall –  for this weekend’s event at  the Olympic stadium in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Onslow-Cole will prepare the stars for the Celebrity Skills Challenge - in which they will race Arial Atom racing cars - as part of the two-day event.

And this year's 24 Hour Series drivers' champion and former British Touring Cars stars says it will really test their listening and learning skills while providing a lot of entertainment for the tens of thousands of fans. 

“I’ve coached drivers in the British Ariel Atom Cup for a number of years and they are such fun to drive,” said Onslow-Cole.

“However, they are not the easiest racing car to control and this will not only push the celebrities to their limits, but will surely provide some great entertainment.”