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Chris Hoy to race 24 Hours of Le Mans

Josh Cunningham
31 Mar 2016

Hoy will become the first ever Olympic gold medallist to race Le Mans, one of motorsport's most prestigious events

Chris Hoy, the most decorated cycling Olympian of all time with six gold medals, will become the first athlete of any summer Olympics to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2016. 

After racing the British GT Championships in 2014, before taking wins in the European LM P3 category in 2015, Hoy has proven himself enough to take a shot at Le Mans, in partnership with Nissan. 

'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 is a product of Nissan's 'gamer to racer' programme, which aims to develop successful GT Academy drivers into professional racers. After his first GT Championsip, Hoy was entered into the European Le Mans Series in the Nissan-powered LM P3 prototype class. With his Team LNT team, Hoy won three of his first four events in the series with co-driver Charlie Robertson - an achievement which earned him the LM P3 driver's title.

In his build up to Le Mans this year, Hoy will again be driving a Nissan, this time the LM P2 he will be using in Le Mans, with new team Algarve Pro Racing. 

'The time from my racing debut to getting a Le Mans drive has been short,' Hoy admits, 'but many GT Academy athletes have done the journey even quicker. It’s incredible what can be achieved with the right support and the right people around you.'

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