Tuesday 10th March, 2015: UK racing driver Nicolas Hamilton will become the first disabled competitor to participate in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. The 22 year old, who lives with the neurological condition Cerebral Palsy, will enter five race weekends of the 2015 BTCC season, competing in an Audi S3 NGTC with AmD Tuning.
Nicolas will begin his 2015 race programme at Croft circuit on 27th – 28th June, before continuing his season at Snetterton, Rockingham, Silverstone then concluding at Brands Hatch, the final round of the Championship.
“I am incredibly excited to be racing in BTCC with AmD Tuning this year. BTCC is the top national motorsport series here in the UK and having the opportunity to race at that level is the biggest challenge I’ve taken on in my career to date,” said Nicolas Hamilton. “I’m coming into the Championship with a lot to learn and my expectations are to develop as a driver as my programme across the season progresses.”
“Whilst I’m aiming to improve as a driver, I’m also hoping to inspire others to strive for their own personal goals, whatever their situation in life. Anyone can ‘Exceed Expectations’ in one way or another and I hope to prove that when I race alongside, not just able-bodied drivers, but the best Touring Car drivers in the UK.”
Shaun Hollamby, Team Principal, AmD Tuning added “We are pleased to announce that Nicolas has joined the AmD Tuning team. BTCC is a fiercely competitive series with hard wheel-to-wheel racing action on track and we have developed Nicolas’s 2015 program to ensure he enters the Championship with a level of preparation. We have a number of test sessions over the coming months, which will enable Nicolas to acclimatise to the car. Having observed Nicolas’s racing in the Renault Clio Cup and the ETCC, we know he is quick learner and a strong competitor, and we’re looking forward to working with him this season.”
Alan Gow, BTCC Series Director, commented "I'm pleased to provide the AmD/Nicolas Hamilton entry with 'guest' status to compete at 5 BTCC events. Although the entry does not hold a TBL (TOCA BTCC Licence) this season and is thus also not eligible for points in the championship, it will provide Nicolas with invaluable experience through competing at the highest level of British motorsport and will hopefully serve as an inspiration to others."
Nicolas concluded: “This is a very special moment for me that would not have been possible without the amazing support from my partners Monster Energy, JET and Whisper Films. I cannot wait to get back in the car and go racing.”
JET is delighted to announce that Nicolas Hamilton has been appointed as the fuel brand’s ambassador for 2015. Nicolas, who recently celebrated his brother’s fantastic second Formula One World Championship title in Abu Dhabi, has himself inspired many people to exceed expectations and achieve their own success.
Nicolas, who has a form of cerebral palsy, is an avid racing driver and vocal campaigner for disability in motoring, will also help to promote the Phillips 66 vision of ‘providing energy – improving lives’ and JET’s ‘On the Journey Together’ theme. Throughout the year, he will be getting involved in JET’s campaigns, promotions and events, including Silverstone Classic in July, where JET will once again be the Official Fuel Partner. JET formally announced the partnership at the Retail’s Best Convenience & Forecourt Partners event in London, which saw 100 key independent retailers and forecourt operators come together to share ideas, drive innovation and grow their businesses.
Nicolas comments: “I am really excited to be working with JET and Phillips 66 as their ambassador for 2015. There are many similarities in how we both approach achieving our goals and ambitions – yet also areas we can learn from one another. I am certainly looking forward to developing the partnership next year.”
Pete George, Managing Director of Phillips 66 UK & Ireland Marketing, adds: “Despite living with a challenging and debilitating condition, Nicolas has made it his life motto to ‘Exceed Expectations’. Having met with Nicolas at Silverstone Classic earlier this year, we knew straight away that he would make an excellent ambassador for JET as it is our continued goal to exceed the expectations of our JET network. We are very much looking forward to working alongside Nicolas over the next 12 months and to giving our dealers and distributors the opportunity to find out more about and be inspired by this dedicated young sportsperson and campaigner.”
Welcome to my first blog!
As some of you may know, over the last few months I have been working on my plans for 2015 and I wanted to finally update you on what I am hoping to do next year. As you may be aware, I started competing in the Renault Clio Cup in 2011 with no previous racing experience. I began my journey to try and achieve the impossible of becoming a successful racing driver with Cerebral Palsy (CP), with an additional personal hope to try and inspire as many individuals as possible along the way.
I believe that, if you work hard enough and you want it enough, you can achieve anything. With my racing ambitions, I’ve always wanted to do it myself, independently. This is how I operate across every element of my life. For example, an aspect of my disability is that I may trip or fall whilst going about my daily routine. I get myself back up, I don’t rely or want anyone to help me back onto my feet. I do of course get continuous emotional support from my family, however they respect my mind set of wanting to find my own, independent way in the sport, so I can prove you can ‘Exceed Expectations’. 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.
However now I am looking ahead and after months of deep thought in deciding what the best route for my career is, 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.
Having raced in the Renault Clio Cup in 2011 and 2012, which supports the BTCC at each round, I have always been impressed by the professionalism and competitive spirit of the series and the fantastic support shown by its fans. The championship has been growing from strength to strength, attracting some of the world’s best Touring Car drivers, making it in my opinion, the top national motorsport championship today. The thought of competing in the championship is really exciting and I would love the challenge of competing at this level!
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. My main ambition is not just to compete, but to inspire others to strive for their goals and to follow their dreams, regardless of their situation. Anyone can ‘Exceed Expectations’ in one way or another and I hope to prove that when I compete against, not just able-bodied drivers, but the best Touring Car drivers in the UK. For me, my career is not just about me racing, but also about me helping others in showing them what is possible regardless of the industry, whether it be sport, business, or personal goals.
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. Thank you to everyone who has continued to support me over the past three years, it really does mean a lot and I hope to be able to confirm in the coming months where you can all join me so we can inspire together.