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Sir Chris Hoy to debut in Radicals this weekend

Thursday, May 30 2013

This weekend sees the first ever rounds of the brand new Radical SR1 Cup, the latest entry-level series under the MSVR umbrella. The series could hardly have a more high profile start, thanks mainly to the man with the number one plastered on the front.

Britain's most successful ever Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, will make his car race debut just a matter of weeks since he confirmed his retirement from racing on two wheels. The six-time gold medallist might feel slightly more at home around the oval-like Brands Hatch Indy circuit than he would elsewhere, but that's where the similarities end.

After decades dominating at the top of his sport the Scot will surely be as competitive and determined as ever, but instead of relying on his famed pedal-power the field is levelled by the identical 185bhp RPE-Suzuki-engined Radicals.

Hoy had to settle for the unfamiliar surroundings of third place at the recent 'How Fast' test day at a damp Bedford Autodrome, as the impressive Rob Almond took home the fastest time prize. The second-placed James Guess also took home the Fangio Trophy for the fastest driver over the age of 40, but Hoy was less than two-tenths adrift of Guess.

"Brands Hatch is a spectacular venue. It's great for spectators because you can see most of the circuit from one spot, and it's really picturesque, with big undulations and big hills." said Hoy at a test day earlier in the year.

"It's going to be pretty nerve-wracking getting on the grid at Brands Hatch! I think the first race is the one everyone will be a little bit nervy, but once we get that out of the way I think we'll all settle into it and just have a lot of fun."

The series comprises of four rounds: Oulton Park International follows the Brands Hatch Indy opener before Cadwell Park and the season-ender at Snetterton 300 in late October. Find out more about the SR1 Cup here.

You can see Sir Chris Hoy's motorsport debut on Saturday 1 June with tickets available on the gate for just £13. Children 12 years and under go free.