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Speed Week 2017: behind the scenes

Some less glamorous snippets from Top Gear's Performance Car of the Year contest

  • Knockhill's resident single-seat racer looks on at the supercars cutely calling themselves 'low'.

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  • "My word, this trackday's really busy..."

  • Not Top Gear's on-track speed camera van to keep the staff in check, but how we capture some of the lovely videos you've seen.

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  • They say the most exciting cornering photagraphy feels like an accident when you're doing it. That doesn't mean it should look like an accident, though...

  • With the wee Up GTI's handbrake properly tested, Mr Harris gets ready for his go.

  • The most valuable tupperware box in all of Scotland.

  • Top Gear camera car hero 1: the mighty VW Sharan swallowed an ungodly amount of equipment, while acting as a good balcony from which to survey our grid of cars.

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  • Top Gear camera car hero 2: in Knockhill's peeing-down wet, the Audi SQ7 threatened to set the quickest laptime of the whole grid.

  • Social media guru Simon Bond holds his camera incorrectly for photographing a line of supercars.

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  • While Tom Ford has literally no idea what to actually photograph.

  • When refuelling the Lamborghini Huracán Performante, that lottery stand becomes awfully hard to resist.

  • Popping out to lunch, Speed Week style. Think the GT isn't a practical choice for supplying the team with sandwiches?

  • Think again. The hypercar-table sub-niche has at last been filled.

  • Hmm, Civic Type R or McLaren 720S? Decisions, decisions...

  • "This," says editor Charlie Turner, "is how you'll carry your box of belongings home from the office if you crash anything."

  • Tea, butty, phone and radio. The four essential items for surviving Speed Week.

  • The McLaren 720S lights up the pit garage.

  • Neil Carey holds no fear when it comes to capturing the best track action.

  • The team look for the rain to stop before driving the Ford GT. They might be waiting some time...

    Read more Speed Week track tests and watch our videos here

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