Nissan Sir Chris HoySir Chris Hoy has continued his promising graduation from two wheels to four by winning on his European Le Mans Series debut at Silverstone over the weekend.

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.

Nissan Sir Chris Hoy LMP3

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.”