7 October 2015
RoC returns Hoy, Ainslie to Olympic Stadium
Reigning ELMS LMP3 champion Sir Chris Hoy will headline the star names competing in the first RoC Celebrity Skills Challenge at next month's Race of Champions.
Two of Britain's greatest Olympians - Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Ben Ainslie - will return to London's former Olympic Stadium as part of this year's Race of Champions.
Hoy and Ainslie had the honour of being Team GB's flagbearers at the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games, and will return to take on the RoC Celebrity Skills Challenge presented by TAG Heuer.
Although the pair have ten Olympic gold medals between them – six for Hoy and four for Ainslie – they will have to ditch their bikes and boats on Friday 20 November and switch to four wheels to take on the RoC Skills Challenge course, which has been specially designed to test a range of driving skills, including chicanes, slaloms, 360° turns and parallel parking. They will be joined in the chase for glory by other big names from sport and elsewhere, with a full list to be published as the event approaches.
Hoy should have the advantage, having become an accomplished racing driver since his Olympic feats, partnering Charlie Robertson to glory in the LMP3 class of this year's European Le Mans Series. Aiming to compete in next year's Le Mans 24 Hours, he will have the chance to quiz driving legends including nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and this year's victor Nico Hülkenberg, who will both be appearing in the weekend's headline RoC Nations Cup and Race Of Champions.
“London's Olympic Stadium obviously holds very happy memories for me ever since the opening ceremony in 2012, so I'll really enjoy returning for the Race of Champions in November,” Hoy said, “Of course, swapping two wheels for four has been a big challenge at this stage of my career, but this year in ELMS could hardly have gone better.
“The RoC Celebrity Skills Challenge is hopefully a bit more light-hearted, but it will be fun to find out whether my efforts on the track can transfer to some of these more tricky technical manoeuvres. Either way, I'll try to put on a show and I hope we can get some of the famous London 2012 atmosphere going inside a packed stadium on the Friday evening.”
Ainslie, who like Hoy has retired from Olympic competition, is now leading a bid to bring sailing's prestigious America's Cup back to Britain, and has launched his own British team - Land Rover BAR.
"I've always been very interested in motorsport, and we have looked to our partners Land Rover, along with F1 and other automotive suppliers, for engineers and technology for our team,” he noted, “I'll be hoping that some of that has rubbed off on me for the Race of Champions. We want to put on a good show for the crowds next month."
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