The #19 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 will be driven by Sir Chris Hoy in the British GT rounds at Donington Park and Spa-Francorchamps later this year, the team has confirmed.
Sir Chris, a six-time Olympic Champion and 11-time World Champion, switched from two wheels to four after retiring from competitive cycling in 2013. Since then he has raced in various series, including the British GT Championship (with Team RJN driving a GT-R GT3) and the Le Mans Series (with Team LNT and Algarve Pro). And in 2016 Hoy took on the challenge of the Le Mans 24 Hours, racing with Algarve Pro in LMP2.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to race the Ford Mustang GT4,” Hoy said. “The car already has a great racing pedigree in North America so I’m excited to see what that American muscle can do at Donington and Spa.
“Multimatic is one of the automotive industry’s best-kept secrets as they work on so many extremely cool but extremely secret programmes. I’ve seen the success they made of the Ford GT programme so I’m excited to get behind the wheel of one of their cars.”
Hoy’s first race with the team will be at Donington Park on June 23rd alongside Billy Johnson, just one week after the team returns from running the Ford GT’s at the Le Mans 24 Hours. His second race will be at the rollercoaster-like Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium on July 21st, where his teammate will be Andy Priaulx.
Multimatic’s Chief Technical Officer, Larry Holt said: “It’s fantastic to have Chris joining us for a couple of races in the Mustangs, I think it’s a great fit for the team and the series.
I know that he’ll really enjoy the car and I’m obviously aware that he’s a pretty good pedaller, so with the two guys we are partnering him with a good result is definitely in the cards.
“At Spa, we are creating a special challenge for his #19 car, in that our GT WEC star Andy Priaulx will be his partner creating a father-son intra-team rivalry! I’m sure Andy will be pushing Chris hard to beat Sebby and Scott for family reasons.
“At Donington, Chris will be driving with Billy Johnson, another of our WEC stars and a Mustang specialist, which should also result in a top finish.”