CHRIS HOY Cy­cling skills helped make Hoy real racer

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Nis­san driver coach Stu­art Mose­ley be­lieves Sir Chris Hoy has adapted to motorsport quickly thanks to his ex­pe­ri­ence at the top lev­els of world sport.

Ex­pe­ri­enced sportscar racer Mose­ley, who has worked with Hoy since 2014, says: “We of­ten see a wide range of driver abil­i­ties in the Nis­san driver pro­gramme, but Chris car­ries a lot of very spe­cial­ist skills from cy­cling that are very well honed.

“His con­cen­tra­tion is amaz­ing. One of the big­gest things for a new­comer to rac­ing is get­ting them to un­der­stand how the events work and get­ting them to turn it on the sec­ond the lights go out. Chris can do that very eas­ily as he is used to do­ing it at the high­est lev­els in cy­cling.

“His back­ground gives him great fo­cus and he’s very good at lis­ten­ing to ad­vice. It’s very dif­fi­cult to teach some­body new that at the top lev­els there is no warm-up pe­riod and that there’s a lot of pres­sure to per­form right out of the box, even if you’ve just got out of bed at 0300hrs at Le Mans. Chris’s skills from another sport mean he’s got his head around it in­cred­i­bly quickly.”

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