Swopping two wheels for four and pedals for petrol, six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy will make his World Rallycross debut in Catalunya, Spain on April 27.
In the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, the 43-year-old will be at the wheel of the Xite Racing-prepared Ford Fiesta alongside Oliver Bennett and the Xite Racing MINI.
“I am really looking forward to competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Barcelona. Driving a rallycross car has always been on my bucket list, but to actually race against the world’s best will really be something special – and a huge challenge,” he says.
“I will be testing next week with Oliver Bennett and his Xite Racing team, and learning all I can ahead of my World RX debut in Spain.”
Torben Olsen, the Managing Director of World RX for IMG, the series promoter, said he is delighted Hoy is joining the World RX ranks for Barcelona.
“To have a world class sportsman of the calibre of Sir Chris entering the FIA World Rallycross Championship is quite a coup for the series”
“I have admired his commitment and professionalism as a multiple Olympic champion. I am sure we can expect he will bring the same level of dedication and competitive spirit to World RX as he did in becoming one of the greatest cyclists of all time.”
The Scotsman’s cycling roll of honour includes six Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver and 11 world championship titles as well as gold medals in Commonwealth Games competition.
He was awarded an MBE in 2005 and received a knighthood in 2009 for his services to sport.
Since his retirement from competitive cycling in 2013, Hoy has taken on a number of motor sport challenges – most notably the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 in the LMP2 class. He has also competed in European Le Mans and the British GT Championship.
Hoy has support from Dayinsure, the title sponsor of the World RX of Great Britain, and Cooper Tires for his debut in World RX.
Also joining the 19-car grid for Barcelona will be Finland’s Jani Paasonen in the Team STARD Ford Fiesta. Paasonen has previously competed in European Rallycross Championship events.
Hungary’s Tamas Karai joins the field in the Karai Motorsport Egyesulet Audi A1 while Frenchman Herve Knapick’s Citroen DS3 brings the total of automotive brands to nine for Catalunya.