Sir Chris Hoy is best known for being a cycling hero and Britain’s greatest-ever Olympian, but he’s also a massive motorsport fan. It’s that passion, and his love of competition, that has led to the Scotsman joining the British GT Championship this year.

Hoy’s motorsport passion began when he played on a Scalextric set as a youngster. And that set was his first introduction to the Le Mans 24 Hours. “I had a little car that the lights came on,” he says. “I asked my dad why that one had lights that worked when the others didn’t. He said ‘that’s a Le Mans car. They need to drive at night.’ That logged in my brain.”

When still active in cycling, Hoy bought himself a track day car, taking part in untimed sessions on various British racing circuits during the off-season. Following Hoy’s retirement from the velodrome last year, he contested a full season in the Radical SR1 Cup, an entry-level sportscar championship.