This weekend Sir Chris Hoy will start the next phase of his road to Le Mans when he competes in the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Silverstone. Hoy will race the new Ginetta-Nissan LM P3 car, which will provide him with a real taste of sportscar endurance action as he prepares to make his debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2016.
LM P3 is a new endurance racing category and it will provide Hoy with the vital experience he needs before racing at Le Mans next year. The new closed-cockpit cars are exclusively powered by the Nissan VK50VE V8 engine. The top category in the European Le Mans Series is LM P2, where 10 of the 11 cars have chosen the mighty NISMO-tuned Nissan VK45DE V8 engine to power them through the series of five four-hour races, beginning at Silverstone before moving to Imola, Red Bull Ring, Paul Ricard and Estoril.
“I can’t wait to get out on the track and compete against such amazing drivers and cars,” said Hoy. “Compared to the GT3 Nissan I raced last year the LM P3 has more grip and downforce; it is also lighter and has less driver aids. Both are equally fun to drive but both very different. My goal this year is to make significant progress with my driving. I’m looking to take big steps forward towards my goal of competing at Le Mans in 2016. I want to improve my consistency and pace and be competitive at the sharp end of the grid.”
Hoy will be joined in the #3 Ginetta-Nissan by young Scottish racer, Charlie Robertson, while the #2 car will see 2014 GT Academy Europe winner, Gaetan Paletou, team up with Mike Simpson.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me,” said Paletou. “We ran the car for the first time at Paul Ricard recently and it felt great already. To have the chance to work on the development of a new car at this stage in my career means I will learn so much. This season is going to be a big lesson for me - racing in LM P3 and GT3 - and I can’t wait to get started. It’s good to start at Silverstone too as this special place has become my second home as it the base for much of Nissan’s driver development programme.”