Nicholas Hamilton was snapped wearing his brother's racing overalls Nick & Lewis Hamilton

Nick Hamilton, the younger half-brother of McLaren driver Lewis, is set to start his own racing career this year on the UK Renault Clio Cup championship.

The 19-year-old was recently spotted secretly testing a car at Rockingham, and has now agreed to a deal with the Total Racing outfit for the 2011 season, with the arrangement brokered by his father Anthony. Total Racing has won several championships in the Clio Cup series, which is a support category to the British Touring Car Championship.

“I have loved motorsport from a young age and watching my brother achieve so much has given me inspiration to make my own racing debut,” he said as part of the announcement.

“I know this will not be an easy task, but I hope that my doing this will give inspiration to others who have challenges in their life.”

Hamilton was born with cerebral palsy, but despite this, he has already obtained his National B racing license.

“Nicolas has followed his brother’s career from an early age and it was natural that he would want to get behind the wheel competitively himself,” said his father Anthony.

“The Renault Clio Cup offers a tremendous platform for him, with great television coverage and exposure and I’m sure it will be highly enjoyable too.”

[Original images via BBC and GP Update]

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