Olympic track sprint multiple champion Sir Chris Hoy found himself back on the top step of a podium again at the weekend, after taking a class victory in the opening round of the 2015 European Le Mans Series event at Silverstone on Saturday with driving partner Charlie Robertson.
Hoy and 18-year-old team-mate Robertson won the LMP3 class in their Nissan car, built by Ginetta. Robertson started things off before Hoy drove the middle section of the four-hour event, with Robertson back in the driver’s seat for the finale.
The 39-year-old Scotsman said: “To hear the National Anthem on a podium again was a real moment, not something I thought I’d get to do again!
Hoy’s hour and a quarter turn at the steering wheel is the longest time that he has spent racing in one go, and in a car that went from the designer’s drawing board to finished article in just nine months.
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“The real achievement here is from Team LNT and Ginetta. To give us a car capable of doing this in such a short time makes me very proud to be part of the effort,” said Hoy.
The six-time Olympic gold medallist retired from cycling in 2013, and soon found plenty to fill his time including establishing his eponymously-named bike brand and turning his hand to motor racing. Hoy also recently announced that he is to co-write a series of children’s cycling-themed story books.
Hoy’s aim is to qualify and race in the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours in 2016, whilst his former British cycling team-mates ready themselves for the Olympic Games in Rio.