Nicolas Hamilton has certainly proved that racing runs in the family with an impressive debut performance at British Touring Car Competition in Croft during the weekend for the AmD Tuning Team. With a highest position of 22nd recorded at the event the 23 year old Brit certainly showed he is a chip off the old block. The younger brother of reigning F1 Champion, Lewis Hamilton, is the first disabled driver ever to compete at the event. Nicolas has Spastic Diplegia which is a form Cerebral Palsy - a condition which affects the nerves and fibers controlling his hands, arms and legs. Despite being in constant pain, revealing afterward that four of his ribs ‘popped out’ whilst taking a corner at Donington, Nicolas put on a controlled display in his AmD Audi S3.
Nicolas, who has overcome taunts from bullies whilst growing up for having to use a wheelchair, is now forging his own racing career. This latest achievement is his third venture into motorsport since passing his driving test in 2009. He also competed for two seasons in the Renault Clio Cup and completed six races at the 2013 European Touring Car Championship.
His current CTCC car has been modified slightly to accommodate for his disability but is within the competition’s rules. Nicolas has revealed that the clutch pedal is on the steering wheel and the accelerator and brake pedals are widened but the rest is down to him.
Nicolas has since commented on the race: "It was as tough as I expected it to be. When you consider it was my first race start, the first time I've run down to turn one in the pack and so on, I think I did a good job
..I've learnt so much and I've had tons of support from everyone. To see I'm inspiring people means everything to me and I can't thank the fans enough."