He may have reigned supreme at the velodrome, but Olympic gold-medal winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy has had something of a shaky start to motorsport after crashing a rare Nissan GT-R model in front of thousands of spectators at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
> Hoy, who famously switched from two wheels to four this year, has undergone driver development training with Nissan and currently partners with Alex Buscombe in the British GT championship, with his ultimate aim being to compete in the prestigious 24 hours of Le Mans.
However, he may have some way to go before mixing it with the cream of the racing world after the embarrassing accident on the Goodwood hill-climb course, which saw him wreck the front end of a £125,000 Nissan GT-R Nismo – of which there were just two in the country.
Tackling the tricky Molecomb corner, Hoy failed to scrub off enough speed before turning into the left-hander and ploughed straight on, smashing through five rows of hay bales before the car came to a halt.
The impact was enough to set off the airbags in the car, though no one was injured and Hoy himself managed to walk away after giving a brief wave to the shocked onlookers.
I suppose it had to come at some point; just had my first proper shunt in motorsport at #FoS. I'm fine but the car looks a bit sore!- Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) June 28, 2014
Well that was embarrassing!- Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) June 28, 2014
Fortunately for him, Hoy wasn't the only driver to embarrass himself at the Festival of Speed. There were numerous crashes throughout the weekend, from both experienced racers and amateurs alike, including Alex Reid, who pranged a racing Aston Martin DB7 into the famous (and rather unforgiving) flint wall towards the top of the climb.