Sir Chris Hoy to make Silverstone Classic debut in 2007 Le Mans car
The mutiple World and Olympic cycling champion will return to Le Mans machinery as he makes his first competitive appearence at the Silverstone Classic
Six-time Olympic cycling gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy will once again race an LMP2 car as he makes his Silverstone Classic debut, competing in the Masters Endurance Legends.
After his retirement from competitive cycling, Hoy’s affiliation with Nissan led to a season in British GT and he went on to win the LMP3 class of the European Le Mans Series with Team LNT in 2015.
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The following year he finished 17th at Le Mans, sharing the Nissan-engined Algarve Pro Racing Ligier LMP2 car with Michael Munemann and Andrea Pizzitola.
At the July 20-22 Silverstone Classic, Hoy will enter the fledgling Masters Endurance Legends for 1995 to '12 prototype and GT cars.
Hoy said: 'I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never been to the Classic until now. But I’m very excited as everyone keeps telling me I’ll love every minute of it.'
He will again compete in the LMP2 class, driving a Courage LC75 that entered Le Mans in 2007. It was, most notably, raced by ex-Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov but failed to finish courtesy of gearbox issues.
'I was genuinely expecting to find myself in something like a Mini, which would have been fun, but this is a serious bit of kit – a proper race car with a bit of downforce. It’s just going to be fantastic,' added Hoy.
'Being such a modern classic, the Courage is right at the top of the tree in terms of a car to experience at an historic event like this.
'It just looks amazing and, to be part of this new race series, as well as racing on the full Grand Prix circuit in front of the big crowds at the Silverstone Classic, will be incredible.'
Although the entry list for the Silverstone Classic is yet to be released, the series’ inaugural race at Spa last year was won by Le Mans podium finisher Nicolas Minassian in a Peugeot 908X. A 2009 Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 also featured, with GT cars including a Ferrari 550 Maranello Le Mans GTS and a Dodge Viper GT2.
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