Lewis Hamilton's brother signs for Renault Clio Cup team
Nicolas Hamilton, the brother of Formula One star Lewis, is set to make his own racing debut this season at the wheel of a Renault Clio Cup.
The 19 year old, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is often described by the 2008 world champion as his greatest inspiration but it seems Lewis's success on track has encouraged his younger brother to explore his own race career.
"I have loved motor sport from a young age and watching my brother achieve so much has given me inspiration to make my own racing debut," said Nicolas.
"I know this will not be an easy task, but I hope that my doing this will give inspiration to others who have challenges in their life," he added. "I can't wait to be racing."
Anthony Hamilton, the boys' father and Lewis's former manager, brokered a deal with the Total Control Racing team to allow Nicolas to compete in the one-make championship after he passed his MSA Competition B license last week.
"Nicolas has superb passion for motor racing and great support behind him so it is a great honour for Total Control Racing that he will be racing with us," said TCR team principal, Lee Brookes.
The 2011 Renault Clio Cup takes place over eight rounds starting at Brands Hatch on April 2-3.