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About nicolas


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About nicolas


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Date Of Birth: 28.03.1992

Age: 25

Nationality: British

Height: 164cm

Weight: 64kg

 

Background

Nicolas is a prime example of ‘you can do anything if you put your mind to it’. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Nicolas continuously strives to overcome the pain, strains and endless struggles that are a result of his disability. He is young, hungry, determined and believes that his disability will not prevent him from achieving his life long dream of becoming a successful racing driver.

When Nicolas was only 18 months old his parents were told that he would never walk and that his eyesight was extremely poor and would deteriorate as he got older, but the determination of the person that is Nicolas has proved the doctors wrong. The main focus for Nicolas was to make sure his life was not ruined by his condition, as he believed he was also very lucky with what he had, seeing that there are many other people with Cerebral Palsy who are affected more severely.

After years of hard work and dedication in overcoming his condition from wheelchair bound to walking unaided by the age of 17, Nicolas’ parents decided to agree to his request to be allowed to race. He was given the opportunity to race in the highly competitive Renault Clio Cup series. This naturally was a baptism of fire given that this would be Nicolas’ first attempt at motorsport, but Nicolas handled the challenges presented to him with the same dedication and determination that his disability presents to him on a daily basis.

Nicolas launched a very successful and inspiring documentary filmed by the BBC in 2011, which reached viewing figures of 2.1 million on the night, as well as being the most watched video on BBC iPlayer for the week and was shown on all British Airways and a number of other long-haul flights across the globe.

Nicolas represents the 11 million disabled people that are in the UK, of which only 20% are involved in sport. 1 in 400 children are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, which makes Nicolas a unique individual who can encourage and promote all sports, but motorsport in particular as a viable career, sending out the message that ‘anything is possible’.

In 2015, Nicolas became the first disabled athlete to compete in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and hopes to inspire both disabled and able-bodied individuals worldwide to show that pushing to better yourself regardless of your life situation or industry is possible. 

2017 sees Nicolas returning to the Renault Clio Cup racing with WDE Motorsport and continuing his inspiring journey to achieve his goals in motorsport.

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Motorsport


Renault Clio Cup 2017

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Motorsport


Renault Clio Cup 2017

2017 Calendar

 
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Team


WDE Motorsport

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Team


WDE Motorsport

www.wdemotorsport.com

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Sponsors


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Sponsors


Proud partners of #TeamNH

 
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Project CARS


Handling Consultant 2012 - Present

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Project CARS


Handling Consultant 2012 - Present

Slightly Mad Studios - Handling Consultant

Nicolas was first placed on the Slightly Mad Studios team at the end of 2012 to assist with Project CARS by implementing both his sim-racing experiences, which ranges from National level to World Championships for over 5 years and his real life racing experiences. Having driven most of the cars and circuits in real life, Nicolas have been working on all levels of detail, from car handling to tyre behaviour, circuit surfaces to circuit detail, even down to the stitching on the interior of the car or animations of how the driver turns the steering wheel or shifts gear.

Nicolas remains part of the Slightly Mad Studios team and is currently working on Project CARS 2

 
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Public Speaking


Keynote Speaker 2013 - Present

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Public Speaking


Keynote Speaker 2013 - Present

Public speaking - inspiring others

Nicolas regularly makes appearances for a number of Organisations and Brands as a 'Keynote Speaker' where he shares his story from being born with Cerebral Palsy whilst being told he would not be able to walk or talk, to overcoming his condition and becoming a professional racing driver in his own right. Nicolas enjoys telling his story as he aims to inspire both able-bodied and disabled individuals to strive to achieve their life goals and aspirations, regardless of their current situation or struggles and to show that they can be achieved irrespective of how big or small they are.