|Sir Chris Hoy|
Interview with Sir Chris Hoy MBE
Dominik Wilde: Now you've retired from cycling is this going to be the start of a new career or is it just a hobby?
|On track in race one|
DW: You had a great start to the season at Brands Hatch, two sixth places in qualifying, two fifth places (in the races), and then today you qualified third and then, despite a rough start, you came back fantastically to finish fifth again (and then seventh in race two), does that boost your confidence at all? How does it make you feel?
|Sir Chris after a hot race two|
DW: Your fellow Olympic cyclist Jason Kenny has also started racing this year. Have you been sharing any tips or advice with each other or been talking to each other about it?
|Jason Kenny also races|
DW: So has that always been there? Because of course around the Christmas period you did the program about Colin McRae...
|Sir Chris meets fans at Oulton Park|
DW: You are local (Sir Chris Hoy lives just outside of Manchester), do you get chance to come here often?
CH: This is the one track I've actually been to enough to sort of know it, I've only been to Brands two or three times and I've been to Cadwell once, Snetterton once but I've been here, over the last four years I've probably been here about a dozen times so I start to know the circuit really good.
DW: Is there anything that transfers over from cycling to the track, to motorsport?
CH: I think just being focused and thinking ahead, looking for potential openings and gaps it's a similar thing but other than that it's a new skill so you have to learn the skill from scratch
DW: And just to finish off, you said it was more of a hobby but what's the car been like and are there any other forms of motorsport you'd like to try?
|Sir Chris Hoy's Radical SR1|
Hoy qualified third for both races, running few laps in qualifying to save his tyres. Drama at the start of race one saw him get forced off the track at the first turn, dropping him down to 11th. Hoy showed his competitive nature though by fighting his way through the field to finish fifth. The second race had even more drama for Hoy. After stalling on the grid, he fought his way back to seventh before a spin knocked him further back. He managed to work his way back up to seventh where he went on to finish.
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