OLYMPIC HEROES TEAM UP FOR RADICAL OUTING
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