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Nicolas Hamilton: ready for the challenge ahead

EXCITED: Nicolas Hamilton

NICOLAS HAMILTON has said that he ‘cannot wait’ to make his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) race debut at Croft in June.

The brother of Formula One world champion Lewis, the younger of the two Hamilton brothers gets his BTCC season underway on the weekend of June 27-28 and he has praised the north-east circuit’s ‘amazing’ crowds for their undiluted enthusiasm and support.
 


Hamilton was officially unveiled as the final addition to the 2015 BTCC grid at the championship’s annual season launch, and the half-brother of two-time F1 champion will contest the fiercely-disputed tin-top series in an Audi S3 saloon, run by AmDTuning.com.
 


Hamilton is no newcomer to Croft, having competed there in the BTCC-supporting Renault UK Clio Cup back in 2011, only just missing out on a top ten finish. 


The 22-year-old – who most recently raced in the European Touring Car Cup in 2013 – is palpably delighted to be returning to the popular Yorkshire track this summer to make his eagerly-anticipated BTCC bow.
 


“I am excited to be starting my British Touring Car Championship journey at Croft in June,” he enthused. “The unique mix of fast, flowing corners and tight, twisty sections means close wheel-to-wheel racing, especially in the BTCC.



“The crowds are always amazing there, giving support to all the teams and drivers over the weekend. I cannot wait to get back out at Croft and go racing!”


Circuit manager Mike Cantelo is confident Hamilton will soon settle into the cut-and-thrust, no holds-barred nature of what is arguably the world’s toughest touring car series.



“It’s fantastic news that Nic will make his BTCC debut here at Croft,” he said. “It’s no exaggeration to say that this is probably the most ‘all-round’ track on the calendar in terms of the demands it places on drivers, with its blend of fast straights, challenging chicanes and the technical end to the lap.

“That means it’s the ideal place for Nic to join the grid.
 
We are sure he will receive the very warmest of welcomes from the Croft crowds.

“As if there weren’t already enough reasons to come and watch the BTCC here in the summer, this has just made the event even more unmissable!”
 


For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: www.croftcircuit.co.uk/racing/btcc
 


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