Nicolas Hamilton re-joins Renault UK Clio Cup

11th May 2017

Nicolas Hamilton, younger brother of three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis, is to return to Renault UK Clio Cup racing for the remainder of the season.

The 25-year-old has previously competed in the British Touring Car Championship feeder series back in 2011 and 2012 before briefing running in the BTCC in 2015.

With less than two weeks until his first race at Oulton Park, Hamilton is relishing the opportunity.

“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.

Hamilton, who suffers from cerebral palsy, will return from a two year absence from racing and drive in a special adapted car.

“All it’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.”

Hamilton with run with Team WDE alongside three-time series champion Paul Rivett and Lee Pattinson, Dan Zelos and Paul Streather.

Team principal Wayne Eason said: “He’s a real inspiration to young people and it is also very clear he has a lot of potential as a driver.”

The entry is backed by energy drink and motorsport sponsor giant Monster Energy.

Team WDE is currently leading the team standings.