Lewis Hamilton’s brother, Nicolas, to make racing return

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The younger brother of three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is to return to professional racing next weekend.

Nicolas Hamilton, 25, suffers from Cerebral Palsy, but managed to make his bow in racing back in 2011 when he entered the UK Renault Clio Cup Series.

Hamilton remained in the series for 2012, making 32 starts across the course of the two season while racing in a car with a modified cockpit.

Hamilton moved up one rung on the UK national motorsport ladder in 2015 when he secured a guest invite to race in the British Touring Car Championship, appearing in 12 races for the AmD Tuning team in an Audi S3.

Having made his last racing appearance in the BTCC at Silverstone in 2015, Hamilton announced on Wednesday that he would be returning to racing next weekend, re-joining the Clio Cup grid from its Oulton Park round for the remainder of the season.

“I’m looking for a way to continue developing my race craft in a championship I know is very, very competitive,” Hamilton said.

“The UK Clio Cup is just that and it gives me the right environment to prepare for a return perhaps to touring cars.

“The budgets are also sensible – contrary to popular belief I have to make this happen myself. It isn’t gifted to me on a plate and it’s why I’ve not raced since 2015 – I’ve been busy putting together the funding!

“Being a Hamilton has its pros but also its cons. It can help with networking but it can also mean people are quick to judge and the expectations can too be high. I am doing this for myself.”