Olympic track cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy’s attempt at fulfilling his childhood dream to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours is to be the subject of a new BBC Two documentary this October.
Shot over four years, the one-hour documentary joins Hoy as he bids to master a completely new sport with ultimate aim to race wheel-to-wheel at the Le Mans 24 Hours against the fastest professional endurance drivers in the world.
Following him from his first ever motor race to competing at the world’s most famous endurance race, Hoy attempts to fast-track his transformation from cyclist to racing driver in the four years between London 2012 and the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Hoy retired from track cycling following the 2012 Olympics, having become the first British Olympian to win six gold medals, but having spent 20 years at the top of his sport, Hoy wasn’t too keen on settling for a quiet life and decided to switch his focus to motorsport.
Swapping two wheels for four in pursuit of his boyhood dream of competing in the world’s toughest endurance test, the BBC documentary follows Hoy as he attempts to prove himself on the race track as he has in the velodrome.
By early 2016, he was poised to join the highly successful Le Mans race team, Greaves Motorsport, but Hoy’s hopes of a podium finish were crushed when the team had to withdraw their car.
With less than three months until race day, he found a seat with a rookie team who had never raced at Le Mans before, and Hoy had to learn a new car, battle with its teething troubles, and work with a team whose operation is a world away from British Cycling’s obsessive attention to detail.
The documentary culminates with Hoy fulfilling his dream as he makes his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in his Nissan-powered Algarve Pro Racing Ligier LMP2 sportscar, partnered by Frenchman Andrea Pizzitola and fellow Briton Michael Munemann.
As the race begins with torrential rain and the team battling late technical difficulties, it is a huge task for Chris’ team to make it through the 24 hours, but they fought through the tough conditions to finish a highly credible 12th in class and 18th overall, in the 60-car field.
Find out how they did it by following the complete story of Sir Chris Hoy’s journey from Olympic track cycling hero to Le Mans in this special documentary, produced by Grant Wardrop Productions.
Sir Chris Hoy: 200mph at Le Mans airs on BBC Two at 9.00pm on Sunday, October 9.