Multiple Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy will continue on his journey towards a drive in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours by progressing to the newly-created LMP3 class in the European Le Mans Series for the 2015 racing season.

Sir Hoy was employed as a NISMO athlete to compete in the 2014 British GT Championship at the wheel of a GT-R, the six-time Olympic gold medallist notching up his first podium at Spa-Francorchamps alongside Alex Buncombe.

For 2015, NISMO will place Sir Hoy in a prototype machine for the first time with an entry to the LMP3 category, which will run alongside LMP2 and GT cars in the European Le Mans Series. He will drive a Team LNT-prepared Nissan-engined Ginetta prototype alongside 17 year-old Charlie Robertson, who won the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup in 2014.

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As well as racing in ELMS, with LMP3 cars allowed to join the annual Le Mans test day in May, Sir Hoy will get a chance to sample the iconic La Sarthe circuit in Le Mans. This will give him preparation for his plotted entry to the endurance event in 2016 at the wheel of a Nissan-engined prototype.

"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."