Hamilton Teams With WDE For Clio Cup Return

Nicolas Hamilton will return to the Renault UK Clio Cup grid for the remainder of the 2017 season, starting next weekend at Oulton Park in Cheshire (20/21 May).

Hamilton, brother of F1 star Lewis, competed in the Clio Cup in 2011 and 2012 with Total Control Racing, securing a trio of top ten finishes in his maiden campaign.

The 25 year old went on to enjoy a brief spell in the British Touring Car Championship in 2015, contesting four meetings in an AMD Tuning Audi S3.

After a year and a half away from racing, Hamilton will make his competitive return in the Clios with WDE Motorsport, with backing from Monster Energy and Ark Build/MEP plc.

“I’m looking for a way to continue developing my race craft in a championship I know is very, very competitive – the UK Clio Cup is just that and it gives me the right environment to prepare for a return perhaps to touring cars,” said Hamilton.

“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!

“I’ve met the WDE people twice and have instantly bonded with them. They are a very easy-going bunch and I’m looking forward to working with all of them. Ultimately it’s down to me to drive as well as I can and see where my pace puts me.”

Hamilton lives with Cerebral Palsy, meaning his Clio will have some cockpit modifications, with a quick-release steering wheel and the installation of a hand clutch.