Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Celebs in the Fast Lane; / Drive Host Vernon Kay and UK Racing Star Jason Plato

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Celebs in the Fast Lane; / Drive Host Vernon Kay and UK Racing Star Jason Plato

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TV PRODUCERS must sit in creative meetings in the small hours of the night, glazed over with exhaustion, wondering: "What can we make celebrities do this time?" Because here is yet another format from the same pot, a pot that never seems to be empty. We've had stars dancing, cooking, skating, dieting, eating bugs and even sheep herding for our amusement.

But have you seen them race cars? Well ok, maybe occasionally on Top Gear. But here we have a full hour of They have to learn a different motorsport discipline every week, guided by UK racing star Jason Plato.

"Am I sporty? Take a look at me," says Johnny. While Louis confides that when he told people he was doing the show "everyone fell about laughing".

But it's no laughing matter. The first challenge is banger racing, which is basically like playing bumper cars with real cars. And there are almost no rules.

"What they will be able to feel is a whack up the back," says Jason. "It's gonna get nasty out there. …

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