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Nicolas Hamilton to make racing comeback at Oulton next weekend

Wednesday, May 10 2017

Nicolas Hamilton will be making a full-time racing return in the British Touring Car Championship-supporting Renault UK Clio Cup at Oulton Park next weekend (20/21 May).

The 25-year-old brother of three-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton last competed a half-season in the BTCC in 2015 with an AmD-run Audi S3. He now makes his racing comeback in the series with which he made his competition debut in 2011.

Hamilton will race for the title-challenging WDE team, which runs former champions Mike Bushell and Paul Rivett as well as Lee Pattison, Dan Zelos and Paul Streather.

Hamilton said: "I'm looking for a way to continue developing my race craft in a championship I know is very, very competitive - the UK Clio Cup is just that and it gives me the right environment to prepare for a return perhaps to touring cars.

"The budgets are also sensible - contrary to popular belief I have to make this happen myself. It isn't gifted to me on a plate and it's why I've not raced since 2015 - I've been busy putting together the funding!

"Being a Hamilton has its pros but also its cons… it can help with networking but it can also mean people are quick to judge and the expectations can too be high. I am doing this for myself."

Being affected with Cerebral Palsy means Hamilton will require some cockpit modifications, although these won't be to the same extent as in cars he's previously driven.

"All that's required with the UK Clio Cup car is a quick-release steering wheel to help me get out and the installation of a hand clutch over a foot clutch," he explained.

Will Fewkes, Renault Sport UK's Motorsport Championship Manager, said: "It's a real pleasure to welcome Nicolas back to the UK Clio Cup having proved very popular before with the huge numbers of fans who watch our races trackside and on ITV4. In fact here at Renault Sport UK we've known Nicolas for quite a few years - right back to when Lewis became our Formula Renault Champion in 2003! We've been talking to him about returning for some time and it's great to see a deal come to fruition. It will be interesting to follow his progress under WDE's wing - particularly when the UK Clio Cup is at such a competitive level."

Tickets for the BTCC at Oulton Park on 20/21 May are available from £27, with free entry for under-13s. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.