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Hamilton celebrates strongest BTCC performance

Date: Thursday 16 June 2022

NGK customers have enjoyed a great day out watching British racing driver Nic Hamilton in action in the 2022 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

Hamilton is an Ambassador for the ignition and sensor specialist and was racing at Oulton Park in the latest round of the 2022 championship where he showed great promise behind the wheel of a Team HARD. Racing Cupra Leon.

Nic said:

“A pretty positive weekend in terms of development progress and overall pace. We still have a few bits to fine tune with regards to my servo brake to keep me a bit more consistent through the races and in qualifying, but this is quite an easy fix, so I am looking forward to that.
“Race one was definitely the strongest race I’ve had all season, although I had a bad start due to my hand clutch and being on a hill. It’s quite difficult to start due to the undulations on the pit straight so I dropped all the way back to last but I managed to come through and gain four or five positions to recover to P22 which I was super happy about.
“I knew I needed to do something about the starts on the hill, so I tried something new for race two but unfortunately, I stalled which is the first time I have done that in a very very long time. However, this just shows that we are now just trying to find those extra little bits to keep us in the pack. That’s something we can work on, but I don’t think it’s going to happen again and putting the start issue aside the pace was really good and I have to be happy with that.
“Race three I started much further back due to the stall in race two and unfortunately, I was tagged which put me onto the grass and off the back of the pack by about five seconds. I pushed hard to close that gap and by the end of the race I was right back on the pack and crossed line under one second behind. So, in all this it shows that from the start of the season I am now able to close up on the pack and maintain my pace throughout the race due to not being in pain from my legs which is great.
“Now it’s all about using the pace I have found to take advantage, make the right decisions, moves and be a bit more clinical with my racing. I felt like I am relearning that aspect of racing again but honestly Nic 2.0 is 100 percent in full effect, and I will keep on developing and continue to build towards some good results from now until the end of the season.”

Hamilton, the brother of seven-time World Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, has a long-standing relationship with NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said:

“We invited some lucky customers to visit Oulton Park as our guests and enjoy the hospitality of Team HARD. Racing while watching Nic in action. We are planning to take more customers to see some of our other sponsored motorsport stars race over the rest of the 2022 season.”

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