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Nicolas Hamilton returns to BTCC-supporting Clio Cup for 2018

Thursday, February 08 2018

Nicolas Hamilton, younger brother of four-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis, will compete in this year's Renault UK Clio Cup, which supports the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

Hamilton will return to the series with Kent team WDE Motorsport team for the forthcoming season after contesting five race events for the Ashford-based squad last year. The 25-year-old, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, is an ambassador and inspiration for disabled athletes. His Clio is modified to incorporate a hand clutch and minor adjustments have been made to the pedals.

Hamilton commented: "I'm super excited about getting back in a car as, after Silverstone last year, I was contemplating quitting motor sport all together. Now after working as hard as possible to raise the budget over the winter, I am so proud to have independently secured the support of my sponsors to give myself the best opportunity this year.

 "Crucially for me, I'll be doing some actual testing which I've never had an opportunity to do since I first started racing in 2011 (in Clio Cup) or even when I had a spell in the British Touring Car Championship a few years ago.

"I'm aiming to consistently be inside the top ten which I showed was possible during parts of last year with barely any practice. I'm going into this season with a 'fresh start' and better prepared than ever - so much so that it actually feels like I'm starting my whole career again…"

WDE Team Principal Wayne Eason said: "We're delighted to have Nic back as part of our team in 2018. Despite what people might think, he has to work just as hard as anyone else to put his racing budget together and I've never seen him so hungry to succeed. I strongly believe he can make considerable gains in his performances with us this year and will play an extremely important role in our results."

Tickets for all MSV BTCC rounds in 2018 are on sale now, with free admission for under-13s. For a list of all events, click here.