Sir Chris Hoy MBE has been revealed as the celebrity driver for a third United Autosports entered Ligier JS P3 in the final two races of the 2017 Henderson Insurance brokers LMP3 Cup Championship at Donington Park
In April a young driver initiative was launched in partnership with United Autosports, LMP3 Cup organisers Bute Motorsport and Championship partners Henderson Insurance Brokers. From over one hundred entries a short list of ten drivers were selected and the voting was then opened up to the public to see who will partner Sir Chris in the final races of the season in the Sports Insure branded car.
Single seater racers Enaam Ahmed, Callan O’Keeffe, Harrison Scott and Toby Sowery are joined by Sportscar drivers Stephane Kox, Scott Malvern, Sandy Mitchell, Dan O’Brien and Alex Sedgwick in the final vote.
After his Olympic success, Sir Chris took up motorsport, racing with Nissan in the British GT Championship in 2014. In 2015 he moved into the then new LMP3 category, winning the European Le Mans Series title with co-driver Charlie Robertson in a Team LNT Ginetta. before competing at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2016 racing a Ligier LMP2 car with Algarve Pro Racing, finishing12th in class and an impressive 17th overall.
“I’m really excited to be racing for United Autosports in the final round of the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship at Donington Park,” said Sir Chris. “To be sharing the drive with an aspiring young champion of the future will make it even more special I’m sure.”
“To have an athlete of Sir Chris’s calibre racing with us is fantastic news and an honour”, said Bute Motorsport’s Managing Director Chris Haynes. “He is an inspiration to millions of people, with a great public profile and his motorsport CV speaks for itself. As a professional athlete and Olympic legend he will bring invaluable experience and advise to the young driver, but additionally as an ELMS champion, he will be able to work with the team to get the best results. I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing how the Sports Insure Celebrity car gets on, I believe they will be a force to be reckoned with.”
“We were hoping the celebrity half of the line up would be someone with some racing experience,” added United Autosports Managing Director Richard Dean. “In Chris we have found just that. He has raced LMP3 cars before and is quick, so placing him with a young talent is perfect for this initiative. I’m excited to see who wins the Young Driver contest and to see whom Chris will be racing alongside. I’m sure from the final 10 applicants, it will be a strong driver line up. I’m really pleased Chris has agreed to join us for the final round of the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship.”
Sir Chris will undertake a testing programme before he makes his competitive debut in the Henderson Insurance Brokers LPM3 Cup Championship at Donington Park on the 16th & 17th September.