So, after the rumours, twitter pictures and cryptic clues, Top Gear has finally announced its full line-up of hosts, with no less than six presenters set to debut in the next series.
Of course, we all know the team will be led by Chris Evans and star the inimitable Stig, after it was announced Chris would be leading the show’s revival way back in 2015.
But, who are the other personalities set to grace the Top Gear test track?
If you have even a passing interest in Formula 1, you’ll be familiar with Eddie Jordan, the Dublin-born ex racing driver and F1 team owner, who ran Jordan Grand Prix during the nineties and early noughties. Since selling his team he has more recently courted fame presenting the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage alongside David Coulthard.
Sabine is no stranger to Top Gear, having starred in a few features already, most notably driving a Ford Transit van so quickly around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, she passed superbike riders as if they were on scooters. The first German Top Gear presenter grew up by the ‘Ring and traded running a restaurant for racing. Sabine is also known for driving petrolheads very sideways in a BMW M5 “Ring Taxi” and estimates she has completed more than 30,000 laps of the ‘Green Hell’.
Motoring journalist Chris Harris has built up a cult following amongst motoring enthusiasts after writing hundreds of articles, predominantly for Autocar and Evo magazine. It was when he started presenting videos on YouTube, however, that his fanbase really took off. A natural on camera, and highly skilled behind the wheel, Chris has a nack of taking viewers along for the ride in his insightful and often very smoky videos.
When Top Gear announced it would be opening the net and accepting 30-second audition tapes, Rory Reid decided to go for it. A technology and motoring journalist in his own right, Rory said: “To be the only person to make it through the open audition process makes me immensely proud. I’ve been a Top Gear fan for decades, but more than that, I live and breathe cars in a way that is perfectly compatible with the show”