Sir Chris Hoy is continuing to gear up to Le Mans after being confirmed to be competing in the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Silverstone in the new LMP3 category.

Great Britain's most decorated Olympian has maintained his goal of racing at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours in 2016 and will gain vital experience in the new category, part of the ELMS championship. Hoy will race in the new Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 cars alongside co-driver Charlie Robertson.

Last year Hoy made his competitive racing debut in the British GT championship with the Nissan GT academy team in the GT3 category, notching up an impressive second place at Spa.

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"I can't wait to get out on the track and compete against such amazing drivers and cars," Hoy said. "Compared to the GT3 Nissan I raced last year the LMP3 has more grip and downforce, it is also lighter and has less driver aids. Both are equally fun to drive but both very different.

"My goal this year is to make significant progress with my driving. I'm looking to take big steps forward towards my goal of competing at Le Mans in 2016. I want to improve my consistency and pace and be competitive at the sharp end of the grid."