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.