Sir Chris Hoy: Cycling champion becomes motor racing champion
British Olympic legend makes successful transition from two wheels to four
London, UK - Sir Chris Hoy took an important step on his road to Le Mans with Nissan today when, along with his Ginetta-Nissan team-mate Charlie Robertson, he clinched the European Le Mans Series LM P3 title. The duo sealed championship victory with a stylish win at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France, which gives them an unassailable lead with the final race of the season still remaining.
The competitor in me though is now steeling myself for the next challenge ahead – I can’t wait!
Sir Chris Hoy
Since stating his intention to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours, Hoy has been on the same driver development programme that trains Nissan’s GT Academy winners, turning talent into real racing results. Approaching his motor racing with the same commitment that took him to Olympic glory, Hoy is now making the progress he needs so he can be ready to line up on the grid at the greatest race in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours.
“I really can’t believe how well the year has gone,” said Hoy. “I can’t believe I have been given access to such a world class driver training programme as the Nissan GT Academy and I absolutely can’t believe that I am allowed to race these amazing cars.
“To actually race them, then to win a race with them, and then a European title is just stunning,” he continued. “The competitor in me though is now steeling myself for the next challenge ahead – I can’t wait!”
While the champions celebrated on one side of the garage, 2014 GT Academy winner, Gaetan Paletou, had to console himself with the fact that he took the race lead in the early stages and put in an incredible drive before an apparent technical issue caused him to spin his Ginetta-Nissan. The Frenchman will be out to take his first LM P3 win of the year at the final race in Estoril, Portugal next month.
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