Chris Hoy to race Le Mans 24 Hours

Chris Hoy to race Le Mans 24 Hours
By Eurosport

31/03/2016 at 14:30Updated 31/03/2016 at 15:47

Chris Hoy has announced that he will race Le Mans 24 Hours.

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The news marks the culmination of a three-year intensive driver training programme and the six-time Olympic cycling champion will drive the Nissan-powered LMP2 Ligier at the renowned endurance race.

“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.”

Hoy announced back in April 2014 that he would join the British GT championship driving the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, with the long term aim being competing at Le Mans.

That is a long term aim that the Scot will now achieve and he said that it was the fulfilment of a life time ambition to do so.

“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," added 40-year-old.

"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.”