Top Gear goes racing with AC/DC's Brian Johnson
Front man for one of the biggest rock bands in history scraps with the best at Daytona 24
Posted: 12 Apr 2012
It doesn't take him long to find that groove. About 20 minutes into his first shift, he pops in a 1min 48sec lap, four seconds off most DPs but still ahead of the GTs. Four seconds. Can you imagine dropping into this sort of race for the very first time, against this sort of competition, in this sort of car, and being that close to the top? Most of us would have some kind of convulsion. But there's a problem.
There are nasty noises coming from the gearbox, and he can't find first. So it's into the pits, where the bodywork is whipped off. Brian watches as a flurry of hands perform open surgery on the car. "Please tell me I didn't break it?" he asks, rather sweetly. He's reassured by team boss David Hinton, then digs around in his race suit for a packet of tobacco. "I thought I'd be on top of the world!" he says, rolling a cigarette. "But I'll never catch those top buggers - I'm more like top bum than top gun." He draws hard on his roll-up as the mechanics install a new set of cogs. Back to the caravan. Time for a brew.