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Sir Chris Hoy joins British GT field

Sir Chris Hoy joins British GT field: click to enlargeBritain's most decorated Olympian Sir Chris Hoy will join British GT, and Milltek Sport’s brand ambassador, Tom Onslow-Cole, in a factory-backed Nissan as part of a three-year plan to race in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The six-time Olympic cycling champion has joined the Japanese manufacturer's Academy outfit Team RJN and will be partnered in its NISMO GT-R GT3 predominantly by Alex Buncombe.

Hoy, 38, only made his car racing debut last season in the Radical SR1 Cup after retiring from a glittering cycling career that also took in 11 world championship titles, and has driven a variety of Nissan GT cars in preparation for the step up.

"It's a very exciting project but quite scary too," he said. "It's a big challenge but I'm really looking forward to it and can't wait to get stuck in.

"It's quite intimidating [but] I want to do my best and do these guys justice.

"It might sound ridiculous right now but my ambition in motorsport is to compete at Le Mans.

"Who knows if it's even remotely possible but that's my dream. I'm in the right place to do it."

"It's definitely a big plus," said SRO chief Benjamin Franassovici regarding the news that Sir Chris Hoy would join the British GT grid this season.

Obvious, yes, but make no mistake about it - the move is massive news for the championship.

The British GT series is going from strength to strength. Its grid is one of the finest in Europe to look at and the entry list is awash with established GT talent and rising stars.

British GT racing runs alongside the Volkswagen Racing Cup – to which Milltek Sport is giving its total support in the form of Title Sponsorship and electing to run their own team with James Walker in the driving seat of their VW Golf Racer.