AmD's Nicolas Hamilton is eager to kick on from a strong British Touring Car Championship showing at Rockingham but refuses to set himself a numerical target ahead of this weekend's Silverstone meeting.

Hamilton arguably enjoyed his most productive weekend in the series to date at Rockingham where, the younger brother of current F1 world champion Lewis, turned in his best qualifying result in 25th, just two places behind team mate Mike Bushell.

Two top-20 finishes followed that qualifying effort for Hamilton and the BTCC's first ever disabled driver is already looking to make an impression in FP1 at Silverstone as he prepares to make a further step forward in development.

Hamilton's last competitive outing at Silverstone came during the 2012 season whilst competing in the Renault Clio Cup Championship.

"I'm massively excited about this weekend, especially coming off such a strong showing last time out at Rockingham," said Hamilton.

"I haven't raced at Silverstone for quite a while but it's a circuit I love with all the history and heritage surrounding it, and it's almost like a second home in a way as I've been there so often supporting Lewis.

"I can't wait to get on track and get things underway, but it's a weekend that I think will provide me with a new challenge as the lap at Silverstone is quite short and getting track space is going to be difficult.

"I don't want to put pressure on myself by saying where I want to finish, but it would be nice if we could replicate the kind of performance we had at Rockingham. We've got to aim to start well in FP1 and then build on that across the rest of the weekend and see where we end up."

Since joining the AmD Tuning team, Hamilton has gradually managed to close the gap - in terms of qualifying performance - from himself to team mate Bushell and says that improvement has been helped by the relationship the Audi S3 driver has conjured with the West Thurrock-based squad.

"After three rounds, I'm feeling more confident in myself and I feel I've built up a good relationship with the team around me," Hamilton continued.

"We have a good understanding and they are helping to push me along, but I have to make sure I keep my feet on the ground and continue to take things one step at a time."

AmD Tuning team boss Shaun Hollamby has tipped Hamilton to make further strides during the final two race meetings after having already exceeded the outfit's expectations this season.

"For Nicolas, the target has to be to continue with the forward progress he has shown in the three events he has completed so far. He has come a long way in a short period of time and has made more progress than we expected when he first stepped in the car," said Hollamby.

"The strong work ethic he displays in everything he does can be seen in his racing and we're delighted with how things have gone so far. Hopefully that will continue this weekend and he can continue to push forwards up the field."


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