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VIDEO: Nicolas Hamilton's too quick for Devon's sportsmen

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 02, 2013

  • ON THE PODIUM: Pictured (inset below) with Nic Hamilton (above) are Argyle's Curtis Nelson (centre), Albion's Heath Stevens (right) and Andy Styles of the Herald Express

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IT was a day when the rugby players of Plymouth Albion took on the soccer stars of Plymouth Argyle ... and both teams lost!

The MBSW Karting Challenge, hosted by Mercedes-Benz of Plymouth, involved around 30 professional sportsmen and assorted media men and was won by Mercedes A Class brand ambassador Nic Hamilton (right).

It was raced at Plymouth Karting's indoor track at Ernsettle and is due to be followed by further MBSW Challenges in the future.

The younger brother of Mercedez-Benz F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, Nic, 21, has been rising though the ranks of motor racing after competing in the Renault Clio Cup and the European Touring Car Cup.

He races at the level he does despite being affected with cerebral palsy and is clearly achieving his aim of inspiring others to overcome obstacles while chasing their dreams.

Nic managed to coax that little bit more out of his kart than the best of the rest, even managing to lap a couple of tail-enders in the final at this well-organised event.

Mercedes-Benz of Plymouth General Manager Lee Nash said: "I am not sure what was more competitive, the MBSW Challenge itself or just having 30 professional sportsmen in one room."

He added: "It was a great day and lots of fun."

There were some pretty impressive laps put in by Plymouth's own highly competitive sportsmen during qualifying and the three finals that followed.

In the end, the battle to finish closest to Nic - was won by Argyle defender Curtis Nelson, who edged out Albion centre Heath Stevens in the race to the chequered flag.

Representing the media, Herald Express photographer Andy Styles also made it on to the podium.

While Nic Hamilton was alone in dipping under 20 seconds for a lap, Plymouth Albion's Rhys Oakley produced the quickest time among the challengers.

Meanwhile, Mercedez-Benz South West, which has showrooms in Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton and Truro, is hoping to continue its challenge programme with Nic Hamilton...so South Devon's top sportsmen might want to start practising.

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