By Stewart Smith on 2016-03-31 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Sir Chris Hoy grabs
Le Mans drive
SIR Chris Hoy, eleven-time world champion and the most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time is swapping two wheels for four to become the first summer Olympian medallist to compete in the Le Mans 24 hour race.
After becoming the most successful British Olympian ever at the 2012 games in London, Hoy retired from cycling the following year and began to focus on his "hobby" behind the wheel.
His dreams of competing in the world's most famous endurance race will become reality this June when Nissan powers the six-time gold medallist at the Le Mans 24 Hour.
The famous Scot will not be going into the famous race unprepared.
Linking its role as a Team GB Olympic sponsor, Nissan first entered Hoy in the British GT Championship in 2014 in a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.
It has put him through its intensive driver development programme created to turn graduates from its successful GT Academy "gamer to racer" scheme into professional drivers.
Hoy scored a podium in his debut season and graduated to the European Le Mans Series last year in the new Nissan-powered LM P3 prototype class.
Hoy scored victories in three of the first four races with Team LNT in a Nissan-powered Ginetta with co-driver Charlie Robertson to clinch the LM P3 driver's title.
This year he will drive with Algarve Pro Racing on board a Nissan-powered Ligier JS P2 chassis at Le Mans and at the opening two rounds of the European Le Mans Series.
The cycling superstar said: "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.
"To get the news that I have the seat for Le Mans is amazing. I still can't quite believe it."
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