Sir Chris Hoy has become a motorsport champion just two years after retiring from cycling by claiming the European Le Mans Series LMP3 title alongside Charlie Robertson in the Ginetta-Nissan with victory at the Paul Ricard circuit.

The Nissan duo grabbed their third win of the year to take an unassailable lead in the LMP3 championship with one race of the season remaining.

The most decorated British Olympian in history says he's been blown away by the achievement as he takes a massive step towards his goal of competing at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours race next year.

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"I'm genuinely stunned by it all because we didn't even think we could win the championship this weekend, it was all about the season finale in Estoril," Hoy said. "We came here and focused on our own job but obviously there was really bad luck with the other Team LNT which meant we just had to finish the race in first."

Hoy and Robertson claimed the title with victory in the south of France after main championship rivals Gaetan Paletou and Michael Simpson suffered a technical issue which caused Paletou to spin out of the race after completing 32 laps.

"Charlie did an incredible job in the first half of the race and I was just told to stay off the kerbs and drive steady which is quite a hard thing to do when you always want to attack," Hoy added. "Charlie and the team have done such an amazing job this weekend.

"They were up until 3am last night working on the car, it was a massive team effort as ever. We are delighted to be ELMS LMP3 champions."