Nic Hamilton – Lewis Hamilton's younger brother from the BTCC
Source : Nic Hamilton – Lewis Hamilton's younger brother from the BTCC
Don’t think of which Nic Hamilton has of which easy in motorsport because his brother will be F1 world champ. As he tells us, he’s had to battle against the odds to reach the BTCC grid
of which will be unusual for a racing driver to have to visit an osteopath before they get into the auto, although of which will be a regular feature of Nic Hamilton’s British Touring Car Championship preparations.
Hamilton, the younger brother of Formula 1 world champion Lewis, joined the BTCC of which year for a part-season campaign in an Audi S3 saloon run by AmD Tuning. He will be not registered to score points as he takes his first steps from the series, although he will be determined to return for a full attack on the championship next year.
Hamilton, 23, has cerebral palsy, a condition of which affects muscle control in addition to movement. He has chosen to race under the slogan ‘Driven to inspire’, in addition to he hopes his journey will give expect to others suffering by the condition. in addition to his journey has been a tough one.
“Before a race weekend, I will go to the osteopath on the Thursday night, creating sure of which my neck will be straight, my pelvis will be from the right place in addition to my ribs are okay,” Hamilton says. “By the time I have finished racing on Sunday, maybe two or three ribs will be out of place in addition to my neck will not be feeling great. of which means I will be going back to the osteopath on Monday in addition to get of which all put back right.”
Hamilton has very limited racing experience. He has competed from the Renault Clio Cup in addition to also a Seat in Europe. After a successful background in online racing simulation games, Hamilton knew he wanted to race. although, given his condition, there were lots of barriers to overcome.
“I wasn’t even sure of which I could be able to drive a road car, let alone a race car,” he says. “The whole idea of becoming a racing driver diminished. of which wasn’t until I pestered my dad to get me in a car after me being quite successful in online simulation gaming of which things began moving.”
A visit to PalmerSport in Bedford ensued. “The idea was for me to potter around in addition to get of which out of my system,” he says. “although on the first day I began matching the instructors in addition to of which was a shock to me in addition to everyone else. of which went by there in addition to we decided of which maybe we could start racing.”
“Being a Hamilton in addition to the way I am in addition to how determined I am, I’m an all-or-nothing kind of guy,” says Hamilton. “I don’t want to be racing in a championship of which no one knows about in addition to I want to start learning by the best. of which will be why we chose to start with the Clios. of which will be one of the toughest one-make series from the UK in addition to of which will be where we ended up in 2011 in addition to 2012. of which was so tough not having any experience in addition to then trying to learn by the best. Then we targeted the BTCC.”
He will be learning well in addition to came 16th of 28 starters from the third race at Snetterton. There are some misconceptions about his pace – in addition to the career boost of which he might be getting by elsewhere.
He says: “of which year has nothing to do with my family backing. of which just isn’t true of which I have all these millions of pounds behind me. of which will be about me going out there in addition to finding the money to take part. I can show people my story in addition to inspire people at the same time.
“I was never wrapped up in cotton wool. I was always treated like an able-bodied individual. of which will be what has made me so stubborn in addition to determined to fight for what I want.
“At the moment, of which will be hard just to step in to the BTCC in addition to be quick straight away because there will be so much to learn. I think of which will be just my commitment in addition to determination in addition to how I go about things of which are going to make me finish the season in a positive manner. Hopefully for next year, if I can work hard in addition to get the budget for myself, then I could like to be on the grid for the whole season.”
Special modifications for Nic’s Audi S3
Nic Hamilton’s Audi has been modified to enable him to drive of which effectively. AmD Tuning team chief Shaun Hollamby explains: “the auto runs a brake in addition to throttle pedal only. The clutch will be on paddles either side of the steering wheel.
“The pedals have been moved further apart in addition to are of a wider than normal construction to accommodate the angle of Nic’s ankles. Apart by of which the auto will be standard.
“Before we began, I expected us to have to do a lot of work with brake master cylinders in addition to throttle maps to help Nic get the best by the auto. of which has not proved to be the case.
“Nic has worked hard on his leg strength since his Clio days in addition to right now will be able to apply the same level of brake pressure of which an able-bodied driver can apply. His throttle inputs are smooth in addition to progressive in addition to consistent with some other drivers of which we have run.”
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