Edinburgh’s Sir Chris Hoy had few mechanical problems during his cycling career, but the six-time Olympic champion is learning that motor racing is very different after a series of setbacks ended his challenge in round two of the European Le Mans Series at Imola.
Hoy and his teenage co-driver Charlie Robertson won the opening race of the season at Silverstone last month and were again quickest in Saturday practice and in qualifying yesterday morning.The four-hour race proved a sterner test, though, and Hoy’s Nissan eventually dropped out after 108 laps following seven pitstops in total.
“It was tough out there,” he explained. “A broken clutch cost us three laps, and two stop-and-go penalties put us back in fourth place. The gearbox casing then cracked, so the car is back in the garage and going nowhere. It wasn’t our day today.”
Hoy and Robertson now have a two-month break until the next race at the Red Bull Ring in Zeltweg, Austria.