Nicholas Hamilton, the younger brother of the seven-time world champion, is gearing up for his second season in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) touring car series, and although he is locked down in the UK, he is training hard to keep fit.
At one time, Nicholas became the first British with a disability who managed to become a professional racer, although on this path he had to overcome much more difficulties, because 28 years ago he was born with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy.
“As far back as I can remember, I have always dreamed of racing,” recalls Nicholas, who saw the example of Lewis, who had successfully competed in karting from a young age. “But my parents didn’t want me to do something potentially dangerous, so I had no chance of fulfilling my dream.
I didn’t do anything, only played computer games. I loved motorsport, but I couldn’t do it in real life, so I turned my attention to the world of virtual racing. It taught me a lot: I got an idea of how to brake, choose trajectories, take turns, and also began to understand how to tune the car. “
Nicholas’s dreams began to come true when he turned 18, and he was able to persuade his father, Anthony Hamilton, to allow him to study at a racing school. It turned out that by the end of the first day, he drove the circle a few seconds faster than the instructor. Then Nicholas realized that he could make an attempt to make a career in motorsport, if he made every effort.
In 2011, when Lewis was already world champion, Nicholas began to compete in the British Renault Clio Cup: “With the help of my father and to some extent thanks to the success of my brother, I came to motorsport, although at that time I did not understand much about how to work with sponsors, how to collect a budget. I was only interested in racing. But I never asked my brother for financial help, I wanted to find opportunities on my own. I have such a character that I do not like to depend on others.
If you want to be successful in motorsport, you have to be able to think like a businessman, and even now, years later, I am still learning this. I’ve had periods of success and failure, and I’ve gone through trial and error. But I hope that now I can create a solid foundation in order to actively engage in motorsport for many years in a row.
In fact, I do not have that much experience, because there were years when I almost did not participate in races, but now I am trying to create a team around me that will support me. Unfortunately, people are hard to trust. Many promised to help me, but nothing good came of it. Therefore, I continue to do everything on my own, but in the end I will be able to surround myself with the right people.
When I realize that racing is becoming too dangerous for me, I will stop. But as long as I manage to collect money to continue my career, I will race. Racing is my life, so I make every effort to be physically strong enough to fight any rivals. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t go in for motorsport.
I want my story to continue and I am ready to overcome new challenges in order to become a public figure known outside the field of motorsport. But for now, he intends to fully focus on a career in racing. But if I have the opportunity to inspire other people by my example, I will consider it the ideal result. “
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