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Hamilton looks forward to racing on new Snetterton circuit

Tuesday, August 02 2011

Nicolas Hamilton prepares to race at the new Snetterton 300 circuit as his debut season of racing in the Air Asia Renault Clio Cup continues. The series supports the British Touring Car Championship, which races on the 300 circuit for the first time this weekend (6/7 August).

Nicolas, brother of 2008 Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton, is competing for the first time, having only raced online before. "I'd not done any proper karting or anything else to develop my racecraft", he said, reflecting on his year so far, "so I've been learning everything as the season has progressed which has been pretty difficult. The main highlights have been my performances at Donington and Oulton Park and I'm hoping to push and do even better at Snetterton - I just hope that we can get a really good result there."

Nicolas has some experience of the circuit, having tested following a character-building weekend at Thruxton earlier in the season. A huge crash ahead of that race was followed-up by his first top ten finish of the season and he'll be aiming to better that result at Snetterton.

"I'd never seen Snetterton before the test so it was pretty daunting at the start," Nicolas continued, "especially as two weeks before the test I'd had a massive shunt at Thruxton so for the test to go so well was a superb confidence lift. I aimed at the test to make progress all through the day and have my fastest lap at the end of the day when I'd put everything together and that's exactly what happened. In every lap of every session I was getting more experience and getting more comfortable with the circuit. I like Snetterton I think it's a wicked track, I never got to drive the previous version but the test was great and I'm really looking forward to getting back in the car."

Nicolas heads to Norfolk after a weekend in Hungary where he supported his brother's bid to win the Grand Prix. Whilst Lewis heads into his summer break, Nicolas is returning from his: "I'm really looking forward to getting back in the car and out on track," he said, "especially as Snetterton is where I've done the most testing and the testing went so well for me. Snetterton is a really cool circuit, it's got its own Hamilton corner and it's a good corner too so I'm really looking forward to racing there."

Nicolas' own triumphs against adversity have helped him to pick up an army of fans too. Despite living with Cerebral Palsy, he has proven this to be no barrier to competing and this has earned him the admiration of racegoers. "It's been crazy I didn't know I had so many fans that are there for me not just because I'm Lewis's brother", he remarked. "I'm starting to get some fans in my own right, waiting for me at my awning before and after a race is a massive boost for me. I even have some fans who come to every race so I'm really looking forward to seeing them again when we get to Snetterton. 

"I want to see as many people as possible enjoying motor sport and it would be great if we could see some more people with disabilities involved in motor sport, I meet some people in wheelchairs outside my awning and it's great to talk to them about the sport and it's a great boost for me too."

Nicolas' growing legion of fans will have plenty to celebrate at Snetterton, with its brand new spectator banks. They'll be able to see almost all of the circuit as he bids for a top ten finish, meaning they won't miss any of the action.

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton, which is supported by the Renault Clio Cup, are available from £25, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. To book, call 0843 453 9000 or click the link below.

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