Nicolas Hamilton outlines 2015 BTCC ambitions
Nicolas Hamilton, the younger brother of Formula One driver Lewis, has outlined his ambitions for 2015, to compete in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Hamilton, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is looking to step up into Britain’s premier and although no deal is yet to be put in place, Hamilton would become the first disabled athlete to compete in the BTCC if he was to join the fray.
Speaking on his website, Hamilton wrote: ”I am excited to announce my ambitions to become the first disabled athlete to compete in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in 2015.
“I have always been impressed by the professionalism and competitive spirit of the series and the fantastic support shown by its fans. In my opinion, it is the top national motorsport championship today.
“While I still feel I have a lot to learn in racing, I have always strived to push myself to achieve results and exceed my expectations, and I hope racing in the BTCC will prove just that.”
He added: “There are still many hurdles ahead before I can confirm my plans, but I will be sure to keep you all updated in the following weeks and months.”
The 22-year-old is no stranger to the TOCA paddock having completed two seasons in the Renault UK Clio Cup during 2011 and 2012, finishing P14 and P21 respectively.
Last year Hamilton participated in the FIA European Touring Car Cup, finishing P10 overall, despite only completed three rounds. For 2014, the former Clio pilot has been left frustrated and without a drive.
”This year has been really tough not being able to race following a promising start in the European Touring Car Cup in 2013, where I proved myself as a competitive driver in Europe regardless of my condition. But that’s just how racing goes,” he admitted.
Article originally written on Monday, 18 August 2014. Read more articles from the BTCC Crazy Archive.