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Nicolas Hamilton is making his mark in motorsport -- just like older half-brother Lewis

Published 0334 GMT (1134 HKT) October 9, 2020
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Nicolas Hamilton is seven years younger than his half-brother Lewis, who is a six-time Formula One world champion. Nicolas has cerebral palsy -- but that hasn't stopped him becoming a racing driver. He competes in the British Touring Car Championship, driving a specially adapted car. CNN
Hamilton's car has a hand clutch on the steering wheel and extra-wide accelerator and brake pedals, so that he does not need to fully extend his legs. The seat has been specially molded for his body. CNN
The 2020 British Touring Car Championship contenders, pictured at Silverstone. Hamilton competes against 30 able-bodied drivers. Jakob Ebrey/BTCC
Racing cars lining up at Silverstone. The British Touring Car Championship was established in 1958. Jakob Ebrey/BTCC
Hamilton pictured in 2011 with his half brother, six-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton. Clive Rose/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
As a child, Hamilton spent time around race tracks with his brother. He says growing up in Lewis's shadow was not easy, but it has given him a platform. Getty Images
Hamilton racing at Silverstone. Jakob Ebrey/BTCC
This season, Hamilton became the first disabled driver to score points in the British Touring Car Championship. Pictured, Hamilton competing at Thruxton Motorsport Centre. Mike Hills
During races, Hamilton reaches speeds of up to 130 miles per hour. Jakob Ebrey/BTCC
Hamilton races for team HARD. BTCC
Last year, Hamilton helped launch the UK's first race academy for disabled drivers, Team BRIT. Ker Robertson/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images