Chris Hoy joins forces with Nissan to compete in Le Mans 24 hours

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Renowned cyclist Chris Hoy has joined forces with Nissan to pilot a high-powered car in the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The eleven-time world champion and most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time will drive a Nissan-powered Ligier JS P2 chassis with Algarve Pro Racing, after winning the driver's title at the 2015 European Le Mans Series in the new Nissan-powered LM P3 prototype class.

After retiring from cycling in 2012, Hoy began to develop his 'hobby' of being behind the wheel, first joining forces with Nissan in 2014 the British GT Championship in a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

Nissan put him through its intensive driver development program, GT Academy, which is designed to turn talented gamers into professional drivers.

This year he will be partnered with Renault-Nissan Alliance athlete, Andrea Pizzitola and 2015-16 Asian Le Mans Series runner-up, Michael Munemann.

Chris Hoy joins forces with Nissan to compete in Le Mans 24 hours

Chris Hoy joins forces with Nissan to compete in Le Mans 24 hours


Commenting on his participation in the race, Hoy said: "In motorsports terms, it's everything. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the pinnacle for me. It's what I've been working for over the past three years.

"To get the news that I have the seat for Le Mans is amazing. I still can't quite believe it.

"It's exciting but there are a lot of steps to take between now and then so I'm trying to focus on the short-term. I'm also incredibly excited that I'm going to be starting on the same grid as all these legendary drivers."