Nicolas Hamilton will not contest the final round of the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as he instead turns his focus towards securing a full-time drive in 2016.

The 23 year-old - brother of two-time Formula 1 World Championship winner Lewis Hamilton - made history earlier this year by becoming the first disabled driver to compete in the BTCC, driving an prepared Audi S3 in a handful of races.

Having made his debut at Croft, Hamilton - who lives with cerebral palsy - has competed in four events so far and was due to conclude his campaign at the Brands Hatch finale. However, he has now opted to sit it out the race as he focuses his efforts on finalising his 2016 programme, where he is looking to compete full-time.

Despite this, his Audi S3 will still be in action at Brands Hatch, with Jake Hill returning to the series having last been seen in the series driving an Audi A4 for Exocet Racing in 2013 during a one-off outing. Since then, Hill has been competing in the British GT championship.

"It was a big surprise to get the call from Shaun asking if I'd be interested in racing this weekend, and I'm thankful to both him and the team that I've been given the opportunity to compete in the BTCC for the first time in two years.

"It's going to be a step into the unknown for me as I haven't driven the Audi before, but you can see it's a good car even though the team is still learning with it. Certainly Nicolas has done a great job so far, and hopefully I can continue that this weekend.

"Because I won't have driven the car until FP1, it's difficult to make too many predictions about what I should expect this weekend, but the aim for me is to try and secure three solid finishes and some good results for the team."


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