Sir Chris Hoy to drive at Rockingham Speedway

Sir Chris Hoy on a visit to Adrenaline Alley in Corby
Sir Chris Hoy on a visit to Adrenaline Alley in Corby

Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy is to race around Rockingham.

Britain’s greatest Olympian will be among the drivers lining up on the grid at Rockingham racing circuit in Corby over the Bank Holiday weekend (May 4 and 5).

He will be taking part in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series and Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

Sir Chris, who has made the switch from cycling to motorsport, has swapped his preferred two wheels for the four of the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN’s Nissan GT-R.

After making a promising start to his British GT3 career with a top 10 finish in race one and 13th in race two this month in the opening round at Oulton Park, Hoy and Alex Buncombe will be looking to improve on this at Rockingham.

However setting the early pace is Oman Racing Team pair Amhad Al Harthy and Michael Caine who leads the GT3 championship on 31-points, just one point clear of last season’s champions, Beechdean AMR’s Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam.

While in the GT4 Championship, Rick Parfitt Jnr will be hoping for a better outcome at Rockingham after a force retirement in the opening round meant his title defence didn’t get off to the best of starts with new teammate Tom Oliphant.

It is TF Sport’s Andrew Jarmen and Devon Modell who have set the early pace and are top of the standings on 40-points, closely followed by Beechdean AMR’s Jake Giddings and Ross Wylie on 37-points.

Racing on the International Super Sportscar Long Circuit, the British GT always brings a touch of glamour to the track showcasing some of the world’s exotic supercars from Aston Martin, Porsche, Ferrari 458, BMW, Lotus, Ginetta, and new for this season, Bentley.

The race meeting also sees the return of some of the brightest young talent from the world of single-seater racing as Rockingham is back on the British F3 calendar this season, and will host the opening round of the 2014 campaign.

In addition to the British F3/GT Championships, the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain, Volkswagen Racing Cup, Ginetta GT5 and Ginetta Racing Drivers Club which guarantee to deliver some spectacular action.

Advance adult tickets cost £10 for Sunday and £15 on Bank Holiday Monday, while and weekend passes are £20.

Tickets can be bought online at www.rockingham.co.uk or via the hotline on 01536 500500 (option1), up until midday on Friday (May 2). Adult tickets will also be available on the day priced £15 and £20 respectively.