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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