Nicolas Hamilton says he is ready to take the next steps in his development in BTCC and is targeting a shift up the order as he heads to Snetterton.

The 23-year-old - who lives with the neurological condition Cerebral Palsy - is contesting five rounds during the 2015 season driving an Audi S3 for AmD Tuning and after notching up three finishes from three races on his BTCC debut at Croft he's aiming to break into the top 20 at the Norfolk circuit.

"I feel a lot more confident going into this weekend," Hamilton said. "The recent test we had at Snetterton went well, and I'm really happy with where we ended up at the end of it. I found a lot of time during the day and I have a better understanding of what to expect from the car - and also of what is needed from me.

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Nicolas, half-brother of Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, ended last month's mid-season Dunlop tyre test in high spirits at Snetterton after his quickest lap launched him into the top 20.

Hamilton says he will now aim to convert his improvements into stronger race performances and is relishing the challenge in his BTCC education.

"The aim now is to try and make sure that when the race weekend gets underway, we are able to start where we left off at the end of the test," he said. "I want to be right on it from the moment FP1 begins and hopefully we can use practice to refine things and then make a push in qualifying.

"The testing pace showed that I can be right in the pack, which will throw up a new challenge for me. At Croft, it was all about getting three finishes and gaining as much experience as I could. This weekend is also about taking the next step and learning all about racing door to door in the series."

Following his outings at Croft and Snetterton, Hamilton will continue his season at Rockingham and Silverstone before concluding at the Brands Hatch finale.