MOTORSPORT: Hoy has racing bug

Knutsford Guardian: Sir Chris Hoy, left, and Alex Buncombe celebrated a top 10 finish during the Avon Tyres British GT Championship opening round at Oulton Park. Picture: MIKE LYNE Sir Chris Hoy, left, and Alex Buncombe celebrated a top 10 finish during the Avon Tyres British GT Championship opening round at Oulton Park. Picture: MIKE LYNE

OLYMPIC Games champion Sir Chris Hoy swapped two wheels for four when making his debut in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Oulton Park.

The Mere driver celebrated a top 10 finish in Monday’s opening race behind the wheel of a Nissan GT Academy Team RJN Nissan GT-R he shares with Alex Buncombe.

“That was brilliant fun!” he said afterwards.

“There were a few exciting moments, and my rear-view mirror was full of Ferrari for most of my run but I stayed focused on what I was doing and made sure I did correctly.”

The duo followed that with 13th place in race two.

Hoy, in only his second full season racing cars, picked up eight places following a period behind the safety car.

He said: “It’s a privilege to be part of the series.

“The two races confirmed how much I enjoy racing – I’ve definitely got the bug.”

The series resumes at Rockingham next month.

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