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Sir Chris Hoy Dreams Of Racing In Le Mans
Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy has his sights set on competing in the world famous Le Mans 24-Hour Race after launching a new career in motorsport.
The 38-year-old retired from cycling in April 2013 as Britain's most decorated Olympian with six gold medals - as well as 11 world titles - to his name.
Now, just a year later he has revealed his motorsport ambitions signing a deal with Nissan, which will see him compete in the 2014 British GT Championship, which begins at Oulton Park later this month.
Sir Chris said: "It's the start of a new journey for me. It might sound ridiculous right now, but my ambition in motorsport is to compete at Le Mans in the 24-hour race."
He will be put through Nissan's advanced driver development programme - currently enjoyed by the winners of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition - fast-tracking him into top-level motorsport.
The Scotsman has long been a racing fan and club driver but his ultimate goal of taking part in the 2016 Le Mans race is an ambitious one.
The prestigious race is aptly described as the Olympics of motorsport, and tests drivers and mechanics alike over an entire day of continuous driving.
Sir Chris said lining up on the start line would be a dream come true for him.
"Who knows if that's even remotely possible, but that's my dream.
"I'm in the right place to do it. At the moment, though, I'm just thinking about British GT and we'll see how this season goes," he said.
Sir Chris admits he is not expecting to have the same success in motor racing as he had in cycling, but says he can transfer his determination from the saddle to the driver's seat.
"I'm realistic about the fact I'm very much a novice, so I'm not expecting to win immediately, but in every race I enter I'm trying to be the best that I can be and long term that will be to try to win," he said.