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Track cycling hero Chris Hoy is swapping his bike for a super-charged 200 mph car at the home of British motorsport.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist will be showing off his driving skills at the Silverstone Classic in July.

Racing an LMP2 car, the Briton will compete in the Masters Endurance Legends category.

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Hoy became the most successful cyclist in Olympic history at London 2012.

His tally of six golds and one silver was overhauled by fellow Briton Bradley Wiggins at Rio 2016.

Since retiring from the velodrome in 2013, Hoy has made an almost seamless transition from two wheels to four.

Hoy’s first race win came at Silverstone in the European Le Mans series in 2015.

The following year, he fulfilled a boyhood dream by completing the Le Mans 24 Hours on his debut.

He had three stints in the driving seat with his team taking 18th place out of 60 in the great endurance race.

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After that “exhilarating” experience, Hoy was hungry for more.

And he is looking forward to making his debut at the Silverstone Classic, billed as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.

Hoy could be hitting speeds close to five times faster than his 70 kilometres per hour maximum in the velodrome.

“I was genuinely expecting to find myself in something like a Mini, which would have been fun, but this is a serious bit of kit. It’s just going to be fantastic.”

From track to track

The Silverstone Classic takes place on the weekend of July 20-22.

Before that, Hoy is returning to Le Mans.

Ahead of the famous 24-hour race, the 42-year-old will be teaming up with former McLaren F1 driver and Le Mans winner Martin Brundle in the Aston Martin Racing Festival.

The pair will drive a Vantage GT4 in a 45-minute race against other classic Aston Martins with celebrity chef Paul Hollywood also taking part.

 

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