Sir Chris Hoy will attain his goal of driving at the Le Mans 24 Hours this year with Algarve Pro Racing on board their Nissan-powered Ligier JS P2 chassis.
The six-times Olympic Gold medalist will also contest the opening two rounds of the European Le Mans Series teamed with Renault-Nissan Alliance athlete, Frenchman, Andrea Pizzitola and 2015-16 Asian Le Mans Series runner-up, Brit Michael Munemann.
“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,” Hoy said.
“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.”
Hoy’s journey to Le Mans has been incredibly quick, progressing through Nissan’s GT Academy where he scored a podium in his debut season in 2014 and the European Le Mans Series last year in the new Nissan-powered LM P3 prototype class.
He and fellow-Scott Charlie Robertson scored victories in three of the first four races with Team LNT Ginetta with to clinch the first ever LM P3 driver’s title.
“The time from my racing debut to getting a Le Mans drive has been short but many GT Academy athletes have done the journey even quicker. It’s incredible what can be achieved with the right support and the right people around you,” Hoy continued.
“I’ve been very lucky to have that. I’ve had some great driver coaching, some great advice from the drivers themselves and I’ve had access to the simulator. All the same support the GT Academy drivers have.
“The biggest thing in my motorsports career is Nissan has continued to provide new challenges for me. Just as I was coming to grips with the GT-R NISMO GT3, I was promoted straight away to the LM P3 prototype.
“It has been a continued series of new challenges. But the LM P2 car I’m going to race at Le Mans is the easiest and most intuitive car I’ve ever driven.”