The six-time (six!) Olympic gold champion and teammate Charlie Robertson triumphed in their Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 racer – giving Hoy his first international motorsport win and his first triumph with Nissan.
LMP3 is a new series that acts as a stepping stone to LMP2 and LMP1 cars; the latter are the same prototype machines that race in the Le Mans 24 Hours – an event Hoy aims to enter with Nissan in 2016.
Hoy did the middle two-hour stint of the six-hour race, taking over from Robertson who started moving the car up the order from the back of the grid.
“I knew we had a good chance of making the podium when Charlie got that great start and extended the lead,” said Hoy. “I knew I had to hang onto it.
“I had some scary moments – a couple of spins when the tyres started to go off – but other than that I had a great time and I really enjoyed it. It’s the longest stint I’ve done in a racing car… everything was new to me and it was an amazing experience.”
After a challenging few months as Nissan continues to prepare its highly ambitious front-wheel drive LMP1 Le Mans racer, motorsport boss Darren Cox said the victory was a real fillip for the brand. “This win for Chris, Charlie and Ginetta-Nissan gives everyone a massive boost.
“Nissan has once again supported talent and motorsport. Making the commitment to take an Olympian to Le Mans and supply engines for a brand new unproven category continues to show that we innovate and take calculated risks to push this sport on.”