Cycling legend Chris Hoy to race in British LMP3 Cup Championship


Hoy will pilot a Ligier JSP3-Nissan. (United Autosports)

Cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy will join the LMP3 Cup Championship grid for the 2017 season finale at Donington Park.

Hoy, who won six Olympic and 11 world championship gold medals during his tw0-wheeled career, is set to partner the winner of the Sports Insure Young Driver Initiative for the pair of one-hour races on September 16-17.

Hoy’s team-mate for the Donington GP round will be chosen through an online public vote, with the winner being announced at Snetterton on August 12.

The 10 finalists available for selection are Enaam Ahmed, Stephane Kox, Scott Malvern, Sandy Mitchell, Daniel O’Brien, Callan O’Keeffe, Harrison Scott, Alex Sedgwick, Bradley Smith, and Toby Sowery. More information about the young driver initiative can be found here.

“I’m really excited to be racing for United Autosports in the final round of the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship at Donington Park,” said Hoy.

“To be sharing the drive with an aspiring young champion of the future will make it even more special I’m sure.”

The 41-year-old Scot will be making a return to the LMP3 category, following his European Le Mans Series class triumph in 2015 alongside compatriot Charlie Robertson.

Off the back of that success, Hoy made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Algarve Pro Racing LMP2 squad last year.

“I’m really pleased Chris has agreed to join us for the final round of the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship,” said United Autosports Managing Director, Richard Dean.

“We were hoping the celebrity half of the line up would be someone with some racing experience and in Chris we have found just that.”

“He has raced LMP3 cars before and is quick, so placing him with a young talent is perfect for this initiative. I’m excited to see who wins the Young Driver contest and to see who Chris will be racing alongside.”

“I’m sure from the final 10 applicants, it will be a strong driver line up.”

Voting for the Sports Insure Young Driver Initiative closes on August 11.