Sir Chris Hoy will advance from the British GT Championship into a Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 entry in the 2015 European Le Mans Series.
Hoy will race a Ginetta-run Nissan alongside 17-year-old fellow Scot, Charlie Robertson, the current Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup Champion.
“I’m delighted to be stepping up to race in the European Le Mans Series for Nissan next year,” said Hoy. “This takes me another step closer to my motorsport dream of competing at Le Mans.
“This year was a great experience racing in the British GT championship, but I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn to bridge the gap to be competitive at Le Mans. I’m also excited to be joining fellow Scot Charlie Robertson, who’s already achieved so much in his young motor racing career.”
The ELMS program is the latest racing career development for Britain’s most successful Olympian. Hoy raced a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in British GT last year, and posted a best result of second at Spa-Francorchamps.
In addition to his ELMS program, Hoy will also participate in the official Le Mans Test Day on May 31.
“We have made a clear commitment to Le Mans and sports car racing,” said Darren Cox, Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, NISMO. “This will be a very important season for Chris as he makes the transition from GT cars to Le Mans style cars.
“It’s a big step and Le Mans has a real habit of sneaking up on you so before he knows it, he will be on track there. We’re always happy to work with Ginetta and this is the next step in our relationship with them and their driver ladder.”