Ex-Top Gear trio Clarkson, Hammond and May begin filming of Amazon TV series

Ex-Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson – sacked from the BBC following his ‘fracas’ with a producer – has tweeted a picture of the first day of filming for a new car programme to be shown on Amazon.

It shows the controversial presenter alongside his two sidekicks, James May and Richard Hammond, and three hypercars: the LaFerrari, Porsche 918, and McLaren P1.

In the background is a pair of trucks and what appears to be a huge film crew, causing Clarkson to quip: “With a skeleton crew, filming for Amazon Prime’s new motoring programme has begun.”

The tweet has been retweeted more than 26,000 times and attracted 40,000 favourites – with keen-eyed tweeters identifying the circuit as Portugal’s Autódromo Internacional Algarve.

Curiously, motoring journalist Chris Harris later tweeted a picture of the hypercar trio, prompting rumours that he was involved with the new show.

Ex-Top Gear trio Clarkson, Hammond and May begin filming of Amazon TV series

Harris, who is known for his popular Youtube videos, has previously been linked to the new Top Gear, pitched as a presenter alongside Radio 2’s Chris Evans.

He soon quashed rumours that he was involved in Clarkson’s new show, however, tweeting:

Filming is thought to continue over winter, with the new series expected to air on Amazon Prime early next year.