Lewis Hamilton has levelled praise at his brother Nicolas Hamilton for landing a drive in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, where he will become the first disabled competitor to race in the series.

The 22 year-old, who lives with the neurological condition Cerebral Palsy, will enter five rounds of this year's BTCC driving an Audi S3 for the AmD Tuning team.

Though Nicolas has previously competed in the Renault Clio Cup UK and selected rounds of the European Touring Car Championship, this will be his highest-profile challenge yet.

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It is a feat the two-time F1 World Champion Lewis is inspired by, saying the obstacles he has overcome in his career should not be underestimated.

"My brother has grown up with motorsport around him," he said. "He was dragged around to all of the races in karting from the time he was born. I remember in my early karting days, my step-mum would be holding him whilst I was out on the track, so he has lived and grown up with it.

"He has worked very hard from a time when there wasn't a lot of hope that he would be walking, getting out of a wheelchair and taking a few steps, to competing in a class where no-one else has the same difficulty as him.

"It will be twice as hard for him than everyone else he is racing against. I think it is a huge statement. I have always been inspired by my younger brother and a lot of people will. I wish him all the best and I will be there with him for anything he needs, I have told him that."