Scotsmen Sir Chris Hoy and Charlie Robertson clinched the inaugural European Le Mans Series LMP3 championship with a round to spare at Paul Ricard today.
The pair, sharing the #3 Team LNT Ginetta-Nissan, won by over a lap at the French circuit to take the points victory required to seal the title with a race remaining.
The retirement of the sister #2 Ginetta of Gaetan Paletou and Michael Simpson left Hoy and Robertson virtually unopposed for the remainder of the race requiring nothing more than to bring the car home safely.
“I’m delighted,” exclaimed Hoy at the press conference afterwards. “The closing stages were very nervous because we were just trying to stay on the track and off the kerbs.
“We had some damage to the front part of the bodywork so it was just about nursing the car home. Charlie finished off in the last 20 minutes. It was an awesome result.”
“It’s just been an almost perfect season really,” added Robertson. “The team have been working tirelessly, working constant developments on the car. It’s been a really reliable car in its first season, too. I’m absolutely over the moon and so is Chris.
“It’s a dream come true, despite me only finding out that I could win the title in this morning’s press conference!”
Today’s victory puts Hoy and Robertson 38 points ahead of the second placed University of Bolton entry. Now the pair are looking ahead, primarily towards the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“I’d love to compete at Le Mans next year and Charlie would as well,” explained Hoy. “We need to sort out cars and teams and everything else but we’re definitely on track.
“There’s a long way to go until Le Mans but I’m always trying to learn and develop as much information as possible.”
The duo took the win at the Silverstone season opener but suffered penalties at Imola. A win in Austria at the Red Bull Ring in July put them back in the running for the title however.
While Hoy may be planning for Le Mans next year their first stop is Portugal for the final round of the championship at the Estoril circuit on in October.