Chris Hoy set for elite return to track racing – in motor sport

Olympic legend set on competing in Le Mans 24 Hour race in 2016

Sir Chris Hoy is about to start racing cars, instead of bikes

Sir Chris Hoy may have appeared motor-powered as he stormed to six Olympic gold medals and 11 world championship titles during his cycling career, but now he truly is swapping leg power for brake horsepower, with a goal of starting the Le Mans 24 Hour.

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The Scot debuted as a race car driver in the SR1 series for novice drivers in 2013. And at the start of the busy year – in which he launched his bike range – he told The Telegaph that he didn’t see himself becoming a champion driver. However he now appears to have changed his mind – perhaps velodrome race craft has helped his instincts on the race track. 

Through a partnership with Nissan, the 38-year-old said: “My ultimate ambition is to race at Le Mans. That is the dream, but I’m taking this one step at a time.”

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Hoy will start his racing career in the British GT Championship series over the Easter weekend at Oulton Park Circuit.