OLYMPIC HEROES TEAM UP FOR RAD­I­CAL OUT­ING

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Mul­ti­ple gold medal-win­ning Olympians Sir Chris Hoy and Ja­son Kenny were re­united as a team for the first time since the 2012 Lon­don Olympics when they shared a Rad­i­cal RXC Spy­der in the fi­nal round of the Rad­i­cal Euro­pean Masters at Jerez last week­end.

The duo fin­ished third in class in the first two races and were fourth in the fi­nale. The cy­cling stars teamed up to take part in the race af­ter Rad­i­cal con­tacted the pair be­fore this sum­mer’s Rio Olympics.

“Rad­i­cal had been in touch be­fore the Olympics and said that if Ja­son got a gold medal in Rio, it would be good to put us in a car to­gether,” said Hoy. “Well, of course he did bet­ter than that [win­ning three].”

Hoy started rac­ing in Rad­i­cals be­fore pro­gress­ing to com­pete in Bri­tish GT and in LMP3 and LMP2 ma­chin­ery – which in­cluded rac­ing at Le Mans ear­lier this year – af­ter re­tir­ing from cy­cling. Kenny pre­vi­ously raced in the Ginetta GT5 Chal­lenge in 2013 be­fore his cy­cling com­mit­ments re­stricted his mo­tor­sport out­ings, but he made his come­back at Brands Hatch in the Rad­i­cal Chal­lenge at the end of Au­gust.

They had al­ways been keen to race to­gether some­time, as their car rac­ing in­ter­est goes back a num­ber of years, with Kenny in­tro­duc­ing Hoy to the track.

Kenny added: “I have been so busy train­ing and af­ter the Ginet­tas man­aged one race in the Rad­i­cal SR3S at the Nur­bur­gring in 2014. I was so made up to be on the podium and loved the driver change and team work, so vowed to have an­other go some time.”

Hoy is next due out in the Race of Re­mem­brance at Anglesey later this month, where he will share a car with a Par­a­lympic cy­clist. Tony Wells se­cured the Rad­i­cal Euro­pean Masters class ti­tle with two wins out of three in the sea­son’s fi­nale at Jerez in the SR8 he shared with James Lit­tle­john. Marcelo Mara­teotto and Marco Cencetti were crowned SR3 cham­pi­ons for a sec­ond year and with it took the over­all crown.

Kenny (l) and Hoy took two class podi­ums in RXC Spy­der

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