CapoVelo.com - | Chris Hoy to Race at 24 Hours of Le Mans
26197
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-26197,single-format-standard,no_animation

Chris Hoy to Race at 24 Hours of Le Mans

Sir-Chris-Hoy-Nissan-GTR-GT3-British-GT-2-carwitter

British cycling icon, Chris Hoy, will once again be returning to the track, but this time it won’t involve a wooden surface or banks that are nearly as steep.

Above and beyond his accomplishments as a track racing superstar, Hoy has been an avid race car driver for many years, culminating into a semi-professional career that saw him compete in the British GT Championship in 2014, as well as the European Le Mans Series last year –  with his team winning the title.

However, the 11-time world track cycling champion and Olympic medalist has plans to set-up to the big leagues of auto racing this summer, by competing in the prestigious 24 Hour of Le Mans, alongside teammates, Andrea Pizzitola and Michael Munemann.

“I get to carry on some of the really enjoyable parts of my cycling career into motorsport. It’s exactly the same feeling you have when you’re about to race, doesn’t matter whether it’s on a bike, in a car or even when I was younger, racing BMXs”, said Hoy.

“There’s still that excitement, the nervousness, the adrenaline. I never thought I’d feel that again once I retired from cycling. I thought that was the end of that part of my life.”

“In motorsports terms, it’s everything. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the pinnacle for me. It’s what I’ve been working for over the past three years,” Hoy said.

“To get the news that I have the seat for Le Mans is amazing. I still can’t quite believe it.

“It’s exciting but there are a lot of steps to take between now and then so I’m trying to focus on the short-term. I’m also incredibly excited that I’m going to be starting on the same grid as all these legendary drivers,” he added.

Hoy joins a very short-list of Olympic gold medalists, who have raced at Le Mans in the past. 

Luc Alphand

Nationality: French
Olympic sport: Alpine skiing
Raced at Le Mans: 2001-2009
Best result: 7th

Marquis de Portago Fon

Nationality: Spanish
Olympic sport: Bobsleigh
Raced at Le Mans: 1954 and 1956
Best result: Did not finish

Eddie Hall

Nationality: British
Olympic sport: Bobsleigh
Raced at Le Mans: 1951 and 1956
Best result: 8th

Roberto Mieres

Nationality: Argentinian
Olympic sport: Sailing
Raced at Le Mans: 1953 and 1955
Best result: Did not finish

Henri Oreiller

Nationality: French
Olympic sport: Alpine skiing
Raced at Le Mans: 1962
Best result: Did not finish FRA alpine skiing 1948-52

Ben Pon

Nationality: Dutch
Olympic sport: Shooting
Raced at Le Mans: 1961-65 and 1967
Best result: 7th

Philippe Roux

Nationality: Swiss
Olympic sport: Alpine skiing
Raced at Le Mans: 1979
Best result: Did not finish

Robin Widdows

Nationality: British
Olympic sport: Bobsleigh
Raced at Le Mans: 1969
Best result: 7th

Leave a reply
Share on