Kenny focused on two wheels
Olympic cycling champion Jason Kenny insists he is focused on two-wheeled success despite signing up for a full season racing sports cars.
The 24-year-old double gold medallist at London 2012, has signed up for the Ginetta GT5 Challenge series - one of the starting points for professional racing drivers - after a promising debut in September.
Kenny admits that he will have to be careful motor racing does not impact on his training but said that he intends to race in all seven weekends of the series.
"I am looking forward to doing a few different things this summer and one of them will be racing my car [a Ginetta G40]," he said.
"I want to try to do a whole season, which is seven race weekends, and I believe I can do so without it affecting my training."
As to a future with four wheels, Kenny added: "It's still racing and I will see how it goes and take it from there."
Kenny, winner of the individual and team sprint golds at the Olympics, admitted it had initially been difficult to motivate himself to get back into training after the highs of London but that once he was immersed back into cycling the enjoyment and the competitive spirit returned - as he showed by winning the keirin at the world championships in Minsk last month.
"It took a couple of months after London because ever since I was 12 years old everything had been building up towards that," Kenny added.
"But you are always looking forward in sport, so I went back to work, put in some hard work, and we had the world championships last month which went very well.
"But I haven't got an aim for Rio in 2016, a lot of things are happening between now and then, including the Commonwealth Games - and I have never been to one - and I am just looking forward to those."
Bolton-born Kenny, who won his first Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008, was speaking at a Sporting Heroes exhibition, funded by the National Lottery, which celebrates the sporting heritage of the Manchester YMCA. Kenny met former Olympians who trained at the club and met local schoolchildren to try to inspire them to take up sport.
He said: "You come here and you can see the difference that Lottery funding has made - the Lottery is also the reason I had an opportunity when it was identified that I had potential at the age of 12."
Former Olympic wrestler Fitz Lloyd Walker, who trained at the club in Manchester and competed at three Games in the 1980s, said: "When I was competing I had to find a balance between training and work, but now athletes can concentrate on training full time without worrying about paying the bills thanks to National Lottery funding. Jason is a great example of what can be achieved and I hope he has inspired all the young people who were here today."