Hamilton to become first disabled driver in BTCC

It has been announced that Nicolas Hamilton, the half-brother of Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, will be racing as a guest driver in the BTCC later in the 2015 season.

It was announced ahead of the pre-season test at Donington Park that Nicolas Hamilton, 23, who suffers from cerebral palsy, will become the first driver to enter the BTCC with a disability, driving for the AmD Tuning team.

Nicolas Hamilton, who has just turned 23, has previously raced in lower formulas including the Renault Clio Cup and the European Touring Car Cup using modified cars.

Hamilton will race for the AmD Tuning team, alongside teammate Mike Bushell, starting at round five at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire on the 27th and 28th June through until the end of the season.

Although he holds the necessary licences, as a “guest driver” in the championship, Hamilton will not be eligible to score championship points in any race he enters.

His brother, Lewis Hamilton, won the 2014 Formula One World Championship, from teammate Nico Rosberg, after a dominant season with the Mercedes-Benz team.

by Tom McBeth (April 2015)

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