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Chris Hoy chasing his motor-racing ambition this weekend

Wednesday, August 27 2014

Sir Chris Hoy will be chasing his new sporting ambition by racing a thoroughbred supercar this Sunday (31 August) at Brands Hatch in Kent, just half-an-hour away from the Stratford velodrome where he won two of his six gold medals for cycling, but a world away in lap speeds. Hoy enters the Avon Tyres British GT Championship's closest round to London in a 600-horsepower Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 capable of speeds in excess of 180mph.

Hoy goes to the challenging, 2.6-mile Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit with confidence boosted after taking second place in the previous round of the GT Championship at Spa in Belgium - his best GT result so as he builds experience in preparation for his ambition of entering the most challenging race on earth, the Le Mans 24 Hours, in 2016.

Hoy will face tough competition at Brands Hatch from 30 other race-tuned supercars from Audi, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lotus, McLaren, and Porsche. He will share driving duties during the two-hour race with Jann Mardenborough, the 22-year-old who broke into the sport three years ago by winning the PlayStation GT Academy, beating 90,000 entrants in the Gran Turismo series of driving games. Mardenborough won an epic GT race at Brands Hatch two years ago in a photo-finish.

Hoy said: "From what I've seen on the simulator and from what I've heard, the Brands Hatch GP circuit should suit us. You need luck on your side, as always, so hopefully with a bit more confidence and a bit more experience we'll be able to push for the podium."

The two-hour British GT race at Brands Hatch starts at 13:05 this Sunday, as part of a nine-race programme. For more information click here.