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Thursday, May 26 2011

Nicolas Hamilton's preparations for his Oulton Park Renault Clio Cup debut on 4/5 June included a trackday at the Cheshire circuit yesterday (26 May), as he puts a recent major Thruxton testing crash behind him.

Nicolas, the brother of 2008 Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton, showed the sort of grit that his sibling is famous for at the previous championship round, when he bounced back from the shunt to record his first top ten finish in the series.

With his original Clio written off at Thruxton, Nicolas used a back-up car at the previous race, before taking it to Snetterton for an official test last week.

Now Nicolas has a brand new car for the Oulton Park rounds but as with all of the races this year, he had no prior experience of the circuit. Until yesterday, that is; "I've never driven around Oulton Park before," Nicolas said, "and the last time I visited was in 2003 when I watched Lewis racing there in the Formula Renault championship. It's a beautiful circuit, very demanding and technical, an excellent place to learn braking points, turning in and putting the power down. I'm looking forward to racing at Oulton and learning a great deal from the trackday."

With almost a third of the races completed, Nicolas reflected on his progress so far: "I think that overall my season's going well. I wasn't able to test before the start of the year as it took a long time to get my license as the MSA needed to ensure they were happy with me being in a racing car because of my Cerebral Palsy.

"The racing has been as hard if not harder than I expected, but I knew it wouldn't be easy. If anything I thought I'd be further off the pace given my lack of experience this is the first time I've contested any racing series, and I'm driving these tracks for the first time. It's a very steep learning curve and my mountain is pretty steep to climb. I'm not a million miles off, which is a big positive."

With the Oulton Park round falling between the Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix, there's every chance that Lewis could return the favour by joining an ever-growing crowd of fans for this most determined of racers.

Tickets for the British Touring Car Championship, featuring the Renault Clio Cup at Oulton Park on 4-5 June cost from £25 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click on the link below.