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PUBLISHED: 11:37 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 23 August 2010

VALENCIA, SPAIN - JANUARY 15:  (L-R) Gary Paffett, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, and Pedro de la Rosa pose together on stage during The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One Grand Prix team launch of the MP4-22 car for the 2007 season on January 15, 2007 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

VALENCIA, SPAIN - JANUARY 15: (L-R) Gary Paffett, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, and Pedro de la Rosa pose together on stage during The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One Grand Prix team launch of the MP4-22 car for the 2007 season on January 15, 2007 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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FORMULA One ace Lewis Hamilton will be supporting racing pal Gary Paffett in this weekend s DTM shoot out. Hamilton is backing the Bromley-born racing driver when he comes to Brands Hatch on Sunday for the eighth round of the world s most prestigious tou

FORMULA One ace Lewis Hamilton will be supporting racing pal Gary Paffett in this weekend's DTM shoot out.

Hamilton is backing the Bromley-born racing driver when he comes to Brands Hatch on Sunday for the eighth round of the world's most prestigious touring car event.

The star will also treat fans to some demonstration laps in his F1 McLaren Mercedes car that took him to victory at Silverstone in July.

It is the first time a Formula One car has raced at Brands since Nigel Mansell's famous victory in 1986.

Hamilton told the Times: "I am really looking forward to the DTM event at Brands.

"I have a good personal relationship with Gary Paffett who is also a Formula One test driver at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and consequently I work together well with him to develop our F1 car.

"It is always really good fun when we run the F1 car away from race weekends as the spectators can get closer to the action.

"I've not driven at Brands Hatch for a few years, but I love the track - it's pretty cool to be back."

Hamilton was involved in DTM competing in the supporting F3 Euro series in 2004 and 2005.

He said: "DTM is a great series, the racing is always pretty exciting and the atmosphere is really open and welcoming.

"The drivers get close to the fans, as they can buy tickets for the paddock pretty easily. There is always something happening on and off the track, it is definitely worth coming down for the day."

He said all the drivers will have to be at the top of their game to stay focussed for 82 laps of the Indie circuit: "There is so much going on during a lap of the track because it is so short with so much packed into it, that the drivers have no time at all to relax.

He added: "A victory for a British driver in front of his home crowd would be fantastic.

"I was fortunate enough to experience winning my home race in front of my home crowd at Silverstone this year, the atmosphere was something else, so it would be great to see that happen again at Brands Hatch."

The F1 star will be watching the race with his brother Nicolas and father Anthony Hamilton after meeting fans and signing autographs on Sunday morning.

For tickets to the weekend's action call 0870 950 9000 or visit www.motorsportvision.co.uk

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