Video: Surely Sir Chris Hoy is the master of turning left? On a bike maybe — in a car, not so much

Six-time Olympic champion comes a cropper in his Nissan at Goodwood Festival of Speed

by Simon_MacMichael   July 3, 2014  

Nissan Executive VP Andy Palmer and Sir Chris Hoy

If anyone should be good at taking a left-hand bend on a track during a race at speed, you’d think it would be Sir Chris Hoy. After all, riding anti-clockwise on the boards of a velodrome brought him six Olympic gold medals and 11 world championship rainbow jerseys.

It turns out to be a bit trickier in a racing car than a bike, however. The Scot, who signed earlier this year for Nissan to drive in the British GT championship, piled straight on into the hay bales while competing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend.

"You've got to get on to the brakes early," says the commentator, and there perhaps is the problem: track bikes don't have brakes so Hoy's not used to slowing down. Luckily, he came away from the crash with nothing hurt worse than his pride, tweeting afterwards:

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oh dear, oh dear, oh dear .... and in a Skyline too ... Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [919 posts]
4th July 2014 - 9:10