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
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:
Well that was embarrassing!— Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) June 28, 2014
I suppose it had to come at some point; just had my first proper shunt in motorsport at #FoS. I'm fine but the car looks a bit sore!— Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) June 28, 2014