Olympic hero Kenny to take up motor sport

THREE-time Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Jason Kenny is set to swap two wheels for four and compete in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge Series later this month.

Kenny won team sprint gold in Beijing in 2008 and as well as retaining his title in London last summer, added individual sprint honours to his collection.

But now the 24-year-old plans to fit a season of motor racing into his schedule alongside his first passion.

“I am looking forward to doing a few different things this summer and one of them will be racing my car,” said Kenny. “I want to try to do a whole season and I believe I can without it affecting my training.”

The first race weekend of the one-make series starts on 30 March at Oulton Park, with only one of the seven stages held outside of the UK.

Kenny, who won keirin gold at the world championships last month, admitted he lost focus after London 2012, but has been reinvigorated by his new challenge.

“It took a couple of months after London because ever since I was 12 years old everything had been building up towards that,” he added. “But you are always looking forward in sport. I haven’t got an aim for Rio 2016, a lot of things are happening between now and then.”