TEAM NEWS: Nicolas Hamilton confirmed for second season in the Air Asia Renault Clio Cup UK

Following his solid racing debut in 2011, Nicolas Hamilton will be returning to the Air Asia Renault UK Clio Cup for a second season in 2012 with Total Control Racing (TCR).

The 19-year-old said: “I’m really happy to be racing with TCR in the Air Asia Renault Clio Cup UK this year. I’m with a great team in a hugely competitive series, and the main aim for me this year is to continue to develop my race craft, using the knowledge and understanding I gained last year as a strong base.

“I’m still a novice relative to the other guys on the grid, as this is only my second season of racing, but that won’t stop me from pushing as hard as possible to be competitive. It would be great to reach being a regular top 10 runner during the course of the year.

“I’ve had a focused winter season with a lot of training and work with the team, and I am looking forward to getting started at Brands Hatch at the end of March.”

TCR team principal Lee Brookes warns rivals to expect a more competitive season from the young Hamilton in 2012. “With a year’s experience under his belt, Nicolas is definitely more confident going into this year. He’s made some good progress with various elements of his driving over the winter period, so it will be interesting to see where that puts him at the first race. As always, it is a great pleasure to have the Hamilton family with us again for this year”

Nicolas’ father and manager, Anthony Hamilton, added: “I’m really, really proud, excited and looking forward to the start of this season to see where Nic will be in the field. He’s been training hard over the winter break and has devoted and dedicated himself to keeping fit, focused and healthy and that deserves a good result in 2012. Fingers crossed he can achieve regular top tens this year.”

Nicolas, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, has been heralded as an inspiration to those within the disabled community. “One of best things from last year was seeing more and more people who are disabled in the paddock,” Nicolas commented. “It’s a great privilege to have inspired people to overcome their personal difficulties or challenges. To have their support definitely gives me that extra bit of motivation to achieve my goals in the sport, and I cannot wait until the first race”

The BBC documentary ‘Racing with the Hamilton’s: Nic in the Driving Seat’ which follows Nicolas during his debut 2011 season, is due to be broadcast on BBC 1 at 22.35 on Tuesday 6th March 2012.

Nicolas’ sponsors for 2012:

Vodafone Reebok
Hilton Honours Tag Heuer

Follow Nicolas:

Twitter – @nicolashamilton
Website – http://www.nicolashamilton.com
TCR website – http://www.totalcontrolracing.com

About AirAsia Clio Cup

Each season drivers come from around the United Kingdom and internationally to compete in the thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing that the Renault Clio Cup demands. The Championship continues to be the UK’s premier one-make saloon-car championship. Using race cars based on the road-going Clio Renault Sport 200, the Championship continues to be a breeding ground for future Touring Car drivers. As a prominent support race on the British Touring Car Championship platform and benefiting from live, comprehensive and new for 2011, HD TV coverage on the ITV sport network, it remains the most direct link to the BTCC. Almost one third of the current BTCC grid graduated from the ranks of Renault Clio Cup UK http://www.renaultsport.co.uk/championships/cliocup/Default.aspx
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