Multiple Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy can add British GT podium winner to his glittering sporting repertoire after scoring a second place finish at Spa-Francorchamps.
Paired with 2012 GT Academy winner Wolfgang Reip in the official Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, Hoy and his team-mate stood to benefit from a strong result in race two having qualified in third place, with the former rising to second before handing over to his counterpart.
Second became first once the pit-stops had shaken out, with Hoy out front and defending hard when a late safety car period bunched the field up on his tail for the remaining laps. Though not quite able to hold off the Ecurie Ecosse BMW of Alex Sims and Marco Attard, Hoy was able to keep it neat for a fine second place finish.
A remarkable result for Hoy in his first season of professional motorsport, the six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist was thrilled to pick up such a strong result.
“Those final laps were pretty tense,” he said. “Being in second was a new experience for me; you don't think about what's behind you and the less excited you are, the easier it becomes. I kept it simple, as I'm still learning and it's not second nature to me yet.
“What an incredible place for us to get our first podium. It was a real sense of relief for me. Wolfie did an amazing job, the team were all great and we have had some bad luck this year so this was our big chance.”