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Sir Chris Hoy to race in Le Mans 24 hour race

Sir Chris Hoy is moving to four wheels. Credit: PA

Six-time Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy will fulfil a lifelong dream by competing in the Le Mans 24 Hour race in June.

The 40-year-old, Britain's most successful Olympian after retiring following two gold medals in the velodrome at London 2012, will compete in the prestigious race, which was first run in 1923 and takes place overnight from June 18 to 19.

Hoy will drive a Nissan-powered Ligier JS P2 chassis at Le Mans' Circuit de la Sarthe, in the second tier of racing, with two team-mates.

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Hoy had 'memorable moments' in Commonwealths

Britain's most successful Olympian Sir Chris Hoy told ITV News the Commonwealth Games holds "some of the most memorable moments" in his career as the Glasgow 2014 baton started its trip around the world.

The retired cyclist said he wanted to compete in the 2014 Games in front of his home crowd but "eventually the body gives up".

He added: "For me, some of the most memorable moments in my career came at a Commonwealth Games, my first ever individual gold medal came in 2002 in Manchester and I also won a gold medal in Melbourne in 2006 and these were real highlights of my career."

Hoy's 'body made decision' not to compete in Glasgow

Britain's most successful Olympian Sir Chris Hoy told ITV News his "body made the decision" not to compete in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Sir Chris Hoy talking to ITV News' Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart. Credit: ITV News

Sir Chris added that he had "mixed feelings" about not taking part but looked forward to enjoying it as a spectator.

Sir Chris Hoy carries the Commonwealth Games baton along The Mall. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
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