Olympic Cycling Legend Sir Chris Hoy Makes Le Mans Dream a Reality
Olympic Gold medalist and cycling World Champion Sir Chris Hoy realized a lifelong dream today when his Nissan-powered Algarve Pro Racing entry took the checkered flag at the Le Mans 24 hours.
Teammate Andrea Pizzitola took the finish line in the No.25 Ligier chassis, bringing the team home 17th overall and 12th in class.
A BBC2 documentary crew have been following Hoy on his three-year journey with Nissan, culminating here at Le Mans. This will air on September 11 at 8:00 p.m. (UK time)
“Just when you think you’ve seen everything a race has to offer, right at the death of the race, you see something else happen – incredible,” Hoy said. “The Toyota pulls over – the disappointment, heartbreaking scenes in their garage, the delight in the Porsche garage, an amazing race. And for us, to see Andrea crossing the line, to see everything that meant for the team was amazing. Thinking about starting out at Oulton Park doing track days, sitting for my test, the whole journey to get here. There were times when I didn’t think it was going to happen and I thought, a bit like the Olympics, thinking even if you don’t make it, you might get half-way and do something exciting. But even with this, I thought I’d got to race British GT and European Le Mans series last year and test the LM P2 car last year, so I’d already done something great. But we made it here to Le Mans – and we didn’t just make it. We finished the race – just amazing.”
Obviously there were no haybails in sight!