Sir Chris Hoy, the six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist, will compete in the World RX of Catalunya in Spain, the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.
The 43-year-old will be at the wheel of the Xite Racing-prepared Ford Fiesta on April 27-28. Hoy will be the third British driver to compete in the world championship this year after Oliver Bennett and Liam Doran impressed at the first round at Abu Dhabi.
Hoy will head to Pembrey Circuit next week for testing alongside Bennett and the Xite Racing team in preparation for his debut in World RX.
"I am really looking forward to competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Barcelona. Driving a rallycross car has always been on my bucket list, but to actually race against the world's best will really be something special – and a huge challenge,” he said.
“I will be testing next week with Oliver Bennett and his Xite Racing team, and learning all I can ahead of my World RX debut in Spain.”
The Scotsman’s cycling roll of honour includes six Olympic gold medals, on Olympic silver and 11 world championship titles as well as gold medals in Commonwealth Games competition.
He was awarded an MBE in 2005 and received a knighthood in 2009 for his services to sport.
Since his retirement from competitive cycling in 2013, Hoy has taken on a number of motorsport challenges – most notably the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 in the LMP2 class. He has also competed in European Le Mans and the British GT Championship.
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