By Euro Weekly News Media • 09 April 2014 • 12:00
Sir Chris Hoy wants to compete at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race.
Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy hopes to compete in the world famous Le Mans 24-Hour Race.
The cycling star, 38, has launched a new career in motorsport and says that getting a shot on the starting line in 2016 would be a dream come true for him.
The Olympic hero is determined to put his Le Mans dream into action, as he has signed a deal with Nissan which will see him compete in the 2014 British GT Championship, which begins later this month.
Hoy will be put through Nissan’s advanced driver development programme to catapult him into the fast-lane of top-level motorsport racing.
The Nissan programme is currently enjoyed by the winners of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition.
Aptly, the prestigious Le Mans 24 race is often described as the Olympics of motorsport.
Hoy retired from cycling in April 2013 as Britain’s most decorated Olympian with six gold medals, along with 11 world titles, to his name.
Sir Chris said: “It’s the start of a new journey for me. It might sound ridiculous right now, but my ambition in motorsport is to compete at Le Mans in the 24-hour race.”
The Olympic gold medallist, who will compete later this month at Oulton Park, said: “Who knows if that’s even remotely possible, but that’s my dream.
“I’m in the right place to do it. At the moment, though, I’m just thinking about British GT and we’ll see how this season goes.
The Scottish sports star admits that he is not expecting to have the same level of success in motor racing as he had in cycling.
He said: “I’m realistic about the fact I’m very much a novice, so I’m not expecting to win immediately, but in every race I enter I’m trying to be the best that I can be and long term that will be to try to win,” he said.
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