Meet the new Top Gear gang

Meet the new Top Gear gang

Top Gear is due to return to our screens this weekend, with no fewer than seven new presenters fronting the show. Keep reading to discover who is replacing Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

Sabine Schmitz

Sabine Schmitz

German racing driver Sabine Schmitz grew up close to the Nurburgring, and famously raced Jeremy Clarkson in a van. She’ll be one of the handiest drivers on the show – how will her time around the Top Gear test track compare to the Stig’s?

Chris Harris

Chris Harris

Well known in petrolhead circles for his ability to chuck a Ferrari sideways but relatively unknown amongst the general public, it’ll be interesting to see how well Chris Harris goes down. Harris started his career at Autocar magazine before becoming the YouTube sensation he is today.

Eddie Jordan

Eddie Jordan

Eddie Jordan is one of the richest people in motorsport. He’s a former accountant and racing driver turned race-team owner – and Jordan isn’t shy of controversy. Most recently, he’s been a pundit for the BBC’s F1 coverage.

Rory Reid

Rory Reid

Reid is the biggest unknown in the line-up. He was plucked from the public through the open audition process. However, he’s no stranger to presenting videos about cars. He’s a motoring journalist who Evans described as “knowledgeable, funny, cool and warm.”

Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc

Yes, Joey from Friends is going to join Chris Evans on the new Top Gear. LeBlanc set the fastest ever lap time in the reasonably priced Kia Cee’d when he appeared as a guest on the show – narrowly beating Rowan Atkinson by a tenth of a second.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans

Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans will be leading the show. The British TV and radio star has TFI Friday, the One Show and the Big Breakfast under his belt – and he’s also a huge petrolhead. Serial Ferrari buyer and founder of the CarFest shows, Evans was seemingly the perfect choice for the new Top Gear.

The Stig

The Stig

Of course, it wouldn’t be Top Gear without the Stig. But, of course, his real identity is being kept under wraps. The last Stig to reveal his identity was stunt driver Ben Collins, who wore the racing overalls between 2003 and 2010. It’s apparently been the same Stig ever since – with BTCC champion Gordon Shedden and F1 driver Jenson Button both rumoured.

Top Gear

Top Gear

So that’s the entire line-up – will you be watching the new Top Gear at 8pm on Sunday? Already facing a great deal of criticism and controversy before we’ve even seen it, Top Gear will be competing with Clarkson, Hammond and May’s new show, The Grand Tour, due to air on Amazon Prime later in the year.

Web editor at MotoringResearch.com. Drives a 1983 Austin Metro. Tweet me @MR_AndrewBrady.

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  • Lawrence Kurtz

    BBC really screwed up….