26/02/2018

Nicolas Hamilton among latest high-profile 2018 UK Clio Cup signings

Nicolas Hamilton, brother of reigning Formula 1 World Champion Lewis, has become the latest driver to confirm he will contest this year’s Renault UK Clio Cup championship.
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Hamilton has already been testing his distinctive new Clio Cup race car at his team WDE Motorsport’s home circuit of Brands Hatch.

 

Born with Cerebral Palsy, the 25-year-old is a real inspiration for disabled athletes.

Notably his disability means he requires a few adjustments to his car’s controls – including a hand-operated clutch and minor modifications to the pedals.

Hamilton enthused: “The Clio Cup cars are terrific to drive and, with all the data you’re able to work with and the high level of competition, it’s a championship that stands out in terms of driver development.

“Crucially for me, I’ll be doing some actual testing which I’ve never had an opportunity to do since I first started racing in 2011 (in Clio Cup) or even when I had a spell in the British Touring Car Championship a few years ago.

 

“I’m aiming to consistently be inside the top ten which I showed was possible during parts of last year with barely any practice. I’m going into this season with a ‘fresh start’ and better prepared than ever – so much so that it actually feels like I’m starting my whole career again…”

 

It is at Brands Hatch, in Kent, that 2018’s Clio Cup season will get under way with its first two races of the year on the weekend of Sat 7/Sun 8 April.

 

As ever, all 18 of its races during the season will take place at the British Touring Car Championship’s high profile events.

 

These are shown live on ITV4, ITV4 HD and also ITV.com meaning vast levels of exposure for the Clio Cup. Crowd sizes are expected to average close to 40,000 people per event.

 

In addition to Hamilton, other big name drivers have been signing up for this year’s Clio Cup grid as the championship revs up towards its pre-season Media Day Launch at Silverstone on Thurs 15 March.

 

These have included Michael Epps who is switching to the championship after two seasons in the BTCC. He has signed for new team Matrix Motorsport.

 

After a highly impressive debut Clio Cup season in 2017 in which he won twice, 18-year-old James Dorlin will again race for the Westbourne Motorsport squad.

 

Meanwhile Daniel Rowbottom, fifth in 2017’s Clio Cup, has announced a move to Team Pyro – the most successful team in championship history.