Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy drove an ABB FIA Method E Gen2 demonstration automotive at this weekend’s race in Rome.
Hoy, who raced at Le Mans in 2016 within the LMP2 class, has returned to nationwide racing in recent times and is competing in 5 of the Caterham 420R UK championship’s seven rounds in 2019.
He completed sixth and eighth within the two races that occurred at Silverstone final weekend after crashing in testing forward of the occasion.
“Subsequent week I’m going out to Rome to get a shot of a Method E race automotive, to see what that’s like on the observe there; not racing clearly however simply having a go,” Hoy advised Motorsport.com.
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“I’m doing many of the [Caterham 420R] season, other than simply two rounds. [I’ve] completed it for the final two years, simply a few races every season so I’ll attempt to do extra of it this yr.
“The underside line is it’s numerous enjoyable. All motorsport’s enjoyable however I believe there’s one thing particular in regards to the Caterham championships, the neighborhood really feel, the very fact the automobiles are all even so it’s a degree enjoying discipline.
“And the racing is so tight; [when] I used to be eighth, I used to be 1.1 seconds off the lead after half an hour of racing! I find it irresistible and it’s been an excellent alternative Caterham have given me so I’m taking it with each fingers.”
Hoy additionally defined that he plans to make additional motorsport appearances in 2019 along with his Caterham outings.
“I’ve acquired fairly a number of [plans for the year] really,” he stated, “numerous ducking out and in of championships; doing one drive in a championship.
“Hopefully quickly I’ll be capable of announce a few of the different issues I’m doing that are fairly thrilling. When it comes to racing there’s some fairly cool stuff developing.”
Hoy’s presence on the Rome FE occasion follows Staff Sky rider Gianni Moscon showing on the inaugural occasion final yr.
Though Moscon didn't drive FE’s Gen1 demo automotive, he did race in opposition to it on his bike as a part of a tie-up with the 2018 Giro d’Italia biking race. The FE demo automotive was pushed by former Method 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella.
One other promotional exercise for this yr’s Rome spherical consists of FE drivers Felipe Massa, Edoardo Mortara, Jean-Eric Vergne, Sam Hen, Robin Frijns, Stoffel Vandoorne, Gary Paffett, Pascal Wehrlein, Oliver Turvey, Tom Dillmann, Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn enjoying soccer in opposition to an AS Roma legends crew led by the membership’s well-known former participant Francesco Totti.