- Olympic cycling fable to competition in Le Mans 24 Hours 2016
- Made probable by Nissan’s accelerated motorist growth program
- 2015 LMP3 champion and many successful Olympic cyclist becomes initial British Olympic Gold Medalist to race
LONDON – Olympic cycling fable Sir Chris Hoy’s motorsport dreams of competing in a world’s many famous continuation competition will spin existence this Jun when Nissan powers a six-time Gold Medalist during a Le Mans 24 Hour.
The eleven-time universe champion and many flashy Olympic cyclist of all time will spin a first-ever Summer Olympic Medalist to competition in a classical French continuation race.
“In motorsports terms, it’s everything,” pronounced Hoy. “The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a apex for me. It’s what I’ve been operative for over a past 3 years. To get a news that we have a chair for Le Mans is amazing. we still can’t utterly trust it. It’s exciting, though there are a lot of stairs to take between now and then, so I’m perplexing to concentration on a short-term. I’m also impossibly vehement that I’m going to be starting on a same grid as all these mythological drivers.”
After apropos a many successful British Olympian ever in 2012 in London, Hoy late from cycling a following year and began to concentration on his “hobby” behind a wheel.
Linking a purpose as a Team GB Olympic sponsor, Nissan initial entered Hoy in a British GT Championship in 2014 in a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3. It has put him by a complete motorist growth module combined to spin graduates from a successful GT Academy “gamer to racer” module into veteran drivers.
Hoy scored a lectern in his entrance deteriorate and graduated to a European Le Mans Series final year in a new Nissan-powered LM P3 antecedent class.
Hoy scored victories in 3 of a initial 4 races with Team LNT in a Nissan-powered Ginetta with co-driver Charlie Robertson to bind a LM P3 driver’s title.
This year, Hoy will expostulate with Algarve Pro Racing on house a Nissan-powered Ligier JS P2 framework during Le Mans and during a opening dual rounds of a European Le Mans Series. He will be teamed with Renault-Nissan Alliance athlete, Frenchman, Andrea Pizzitola and 2015-16 Asian Le Mans Series runner-up, Brit Michael Munemann.
“The time from my racing entrance to removing a Le Mans expostulate has been brief though many GT Academy athletes have finished a tour even quicker,” pronounced Hoy. “It’s implausible what can be achieved with a right support and a right people around you. I’ve been really propitious to have that. I’ve had some good motorist coaching, some good recommendation from a drivers themselves and I’ve had entrance to a simulator. All a same support a GT Academy drivers have. The biggest thing in my motorsports career is Nissan has continued to yield new hurdles for me. Just as we was entrance to grips with a GT-R NISMO GT3, we was promoted true divided to a LM P3 prototype. It has been a continued array of new challenges. But a LM P2 automobile I’m going to competition during Le Mans is a easiest and many discerning automobile I’ve ever driven.”
Sir Chris Hoy Fast Facts
Hoy’s fast transition from two-wheel pedal-powered champion to four-wheel horsepower champion creatively began in 2008 during a lane day event. The Scot done his competition entrance in 2013 in a Radical SR1 Cup in a UK and assimilated army with Nissan for a initial time in 2014.
Hoy got a possibility to exam during a home of a Le Mans 24 Hour, a Circuit de la Sarthe, final Jul when a LM P3 category took partial in a pre-Le Mans exam day.
Only prototypes from a LM P1 and LM P2 category competition in a 24-hour eventuality itself and Hoy will now take another critical step in his motorsport career to not usually competition during Le Mans this Jun though also competition opening dual rounds of a European Le Mans Series during Silverstone in Apr and during a Imola circuit in Italy in May.
Nissan is an central automotive partner for this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in Aug and Nissan UK is an central partner for Team GB and ParalympicsGB.
After racing during Le Mans for a initial time in June, Hoy will spin his courtesy to a Rio Olympics where he will play a mentoring purpose for British athletes as one of 8 “Team GB Greats.”
Nissan has powered a LM P2 class-winning automobile during Le Mans in 4 of a past 5 years including a past 3 years in succession.
Remarkably, Nissan and NISMO will energy 21 of a 60 entries for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour – an implausible 35 percent of a field.
Hoy follows in a footsteps of 8 former Olympians who have raced during Le Mans. French alpine skier Henri Oreiller is a usually contestant in story with an Olympic Gold Medal (1948 Winter Olympics Men’s Downhill and Men’s Combined Gold) and a competition start during Le Mans to his credit (1962).
First hold in 1923, a Le Mans 24 Hour is a apex eventuality in general sportscar racing with 60 cars widespread over 4 classes doing conflict over a 13.629 km (8.469 mi) march that combines open roads with a territory of dedicated competition track.
Hailed by National Geographic Magazine as a world’s best sporting eventuality (beating a Olympic Games and World Cup football), Le Mans attracts some-more than 245,000 fans any year and is promote in 190 countries by 30 TV networks with a intensity assembly in additional of 700 million.
Upcoming NISMO Schedule
European Le Mans Series, Silverstone, England
European Le Mans Series, Imola, Italy
24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day
24 Hours of Le Mans
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