Hoy teams up with Multimatic Motorsports to compete in a Ford Mustang GT4
The Donington and Spa circuits will be graced with the one and only Sir Chris Hoy this summer as he’ll be racing with Multimatic Motorsports, commanding the #19 Ford Mustang GT4 with World Endurance Championship professionals, Andy Priaulx and Billy Johnson. He’ll be racing with them in the Donington and Spa rounds of the 2019 British GT Championship, which he has raced in before.
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Sir Chris Hoy, to those that don’t know, is the most successful track cyclist in history. Hoy is a decorated six-time Olympic Champion and 11-time World Champion in the world of cycling, from which he retired in 2013. Since then, Sir Chris has been busy in the world of Motorsport competing in the Radical SR3 Challenge and Radical European Masters, as well as the 2015 European Le Mans Series and the 2015 Race of Champions among other things.
The Ford Mustang GT4, in which Hoy will be racing with, has already won races in the British GT and has proven itself to be a competent and fierce racing machine. The Mustang GT4 was developed for Ford by Multimatic Motorsports and made its debut in 2017 at the Daytona 24 weekend. In its first year of IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge competition, the car achieved 5 wins and 10 podium finishes.
Sir Chris Hoy had this to say:
“This is a fantastic opportunity to race the Ford Mustang GT4. The car already has a great racing pedigree in North America so I’m excited to see what that American muscle can do at Donington and Spa. Multimatic is one of the automotive industry’s best-kept secrets as they work on so many extremely cool but extremely secret programmes. I’ve seen the success they made of the Ford GT programme so I’m excited to get behind the wheel of one of their cars.”
Hoy is set to be racing with Billy Johnson at Donington on the 23rd of June, and Andy Priaulx at Spa on the 21st of July. Johnson is an American driver best known for competing in NASCAR, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the WEC. Priaulx is a British driver who’s been named champion of the World Touring Car Championship three times and has also won the European Touring Car Championship once. Both drivers are talented, successful and ready to give it their all at the British GT.
Multimatic’s Chief Technical Officer, Larry Holt said: “It’s fantastic to have Chris joining us for a couple of races in the Mustangs, I think it’s a great fit for the team and the series. I know that he’ll really enjoy the car and I’m obviously aware that he’s a pretty good pedaller, so with the two guys we are partnering him with a good result is definitely in the cards. At Spa we are creating a special challenge for his #19 car, in that our GT WEC star Andy Priaulx will be his partner creating a father-son intra-team rivalry! I’m sure Andy will be pushing Chris hard to beat Sebby and Scott for family reasons. At Donington, Chris will be driving with Billy Johnson, another of our WEC stars and a Mustang specialist, which should also result in a top finish.”
The Spa round will see Andy Priaulx and his son, Sebastian, racing on the same track so competitive spirit will be high. We can’t wait to see what happens later this year, let us know your thoughts in comments.
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