Monday, 27 February 2017

Sir Chris Hoy aiming for Le Mans return

Sir Chris Hoy is aiming to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans for a second time later this year.

The Olympic cycling legend took part in the French classic in 2016, finishing 12th in the LMP2 class. His appearance in the race was part of a deal with Nissan which saw him rise up the motorsport ranks, competing in British GT, as well as LMP3 and LMP2 in the European Le Mans Series.

However, he was absent from the entry list for the 2017 ELMS season entry list, leading to speculation that his fledgling motorsport career might have come to an end. Despite this, Hoy hopes to once again take part in the twice-round-the-clock race at Le Sarthe.

"The team that are with us does ALMS, so it’ll just be Le Mans this year," Hoy admitted when asked about
the possibility of another full ELMS campaign. "We’ve got the entry, so as long as we can get the money, get the sponsorship, that’s the big challenge to get the backing."

"The team have got a few potential sponsors they’re talking to just now. If they can get that then I’ll be back at Le Mans," he insisted.

Despite the entry hanging in the balance, Hoy already has plans to race in other categories throughout 2017 if he can't secure a Le Mans return.

"I’m going to potentially race a Caterham this year if I can, maybe do some historic stuff, maybe do some GT driving as well but the aim will be to do Le Mans again this year," he revealed. "The team’s got the entry with Eurasia so if they can get the money, I’ll be back."

Images: Dominik Wilde

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