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Nicolas Hamilton makes BTCC test bow at Brands Hatch

Friday, May 22 2015

Nicolas Hamilton, brother of Formula 1 World Champion Lewis, completed his maiden Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship test at Brands Hatch today (Friday), ahead of his series debut next month.

Hamilton, who previously raced in the BTCC-supporting Renault Clio Cup, will compete at several rounds, including Snetterton and the Brands Hatch finale, with AmDtuning.com. He will race the Audi S3 formerly campaigned by Robb Holland.

Having completed several laps of the Indy circuit Hamilton said: "It's been interesting, last time I drove here was February 2014, so it's been a while since I drove a race car. It's been quite difficult, just getting things set up and making sure I'm happy with everything. There's a lot to learn, the car's completely different to what I'm used to, so I think it's been a good day, we're just going through the programme and completing as much as we can, so I'm happy for now.

NicHamilton"I love the circuit, I would say I prefer the GP circuit, but the thing with the Indy circuit is that it looks like it's really easy to drive, but it's very hard to be quick and consistent, which is great. That's what makes it so good to learn at the first test because it has a bit of everything; slow speed, medium speed, and high speed as well."

Hamilton has been keeping an eye on his rivals whilst he builds up to his championship debut: "I think it looks great, the racing's fantastic, but for me the whole championship is brand new. I'm going to put my whole trust into AmDtuning, they've done it all before, so I'm just going to follow them and use their knowledge and their power to put me in the right direction, and then we'll start changing things."

Whilst Hamilton has special requirements, he says that the car isn't that much different to the others on the grid: "We haven't really done too much, the biggest change we've made is taking the clutch pedal out, and we've got a hand clutch on the steering wheel, and then we just adapted the pedals just to make them a little bit wider so there's more surface area for when I accelerate and brake, and that's pretty much it. Anyone can get in the car and drive it."

After the test Hamilton is off to Monaco to "show my support [to brother Lewis] as usual, and hopefully he'll have a good one." As to whether Lewis may return the favour at BTCC rounds Nicolas said: "Maybe. We'll see how his schedule looks. He turns up when he wants to turn up, so we'll wait and see."

Tickets for the BTCC Snetterton and Brands Hatch rounds are available from £26 with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here for Snetterton and here for Brands Hatch.

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