A WORLD-BEATER on two wheels, after a weekend spent racing at Oulton Park it’s clear that Sir Chris Hoy is also pretty handy on four wheels.Having hung up his cycling shoes, he has wasted no time lacing up his racing boots. The six-time Olympic gold medal-winner made his debut in the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in front of a big Easter Monday crowd at Oulton Park in Cheshire.
The Pro-Am status of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship calls for the non-professional driver to qualify for and take the start of the first of the weekend’s two one-hour races. Hoy qualified a credible 14th place on a grid of over 30 cars.
Hoy made up three places after the start and went to pit from ninth place to hand over to pro driver Alex Buncombe. After a safety car period Buncombe held is place and crossed the line in ninth.
Commenting after race one Hoy said: “That was brilliant fun! There were a few exciting moments, especially when I got a touch from another car but he went off onto the grass.
“My rear view mirror was full of Ferrari for most of my run but I just focused on what I was doing and made sure I did the simple things correctly. It’s a beautiful sunny day here, there’s a great crowd and I feel like I’m a racing driver!”
A relatively uneventful race two saw Buncombe start the race and hand over to Hoy in 13th place, a position the Olympian held as he crossed the line to record a clean sheet of finishes.
Clearly enjoying the experience, Hoy summed up his day: “I’ve had an absolutely brilliant weekend. It’s a privilege to be here. I really enjoyed it and now I can’t wait for Rockingham. Those two races have just confirmed how much I enjoy this. I’ve definitely got the bug!”
The action continues at Rockingham on the 4th May.