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The ten fastest stars round the TG track

  1. Since Top Gear first emerged in its current form ten years ago, 168 laps of our test track have been completed by glamorous stars in three different Reasonably Priced Cars. More facts: that means 57 laps in the Lacetti, 34 in the C-Apostrophe-D and 77 in the Liana, including 12 laps by F1 drivers and Stigs.

    You probably know the drill, but for those who don’t, each week we invite a different famous person to complete a timed lap around our infamous test track. We’ve had rock stars, page three girls, politicians, chefs, gun-toting Mustang-owning American lesbians and… John Prescott.

    Click through to see who currently stands in the pantheon of our top 10 fastest celebrities that have spun, swore and crashed their way around our track, and watch some behind-the-scenes action exclusive to

  2. Cameron Diaz in 1.45.2 secs

    When Jedward dropped out, we needed to fill a space and there was only one person to call… Cameron Diaz. Luckily, she definitely knew how to handle a cheap Korean hatchback.

    Watch Cameron’s lap here

  3. 8) Nick Frost in 1.44.5 secs, and 9) Simon Pegg in 1.44.9 secs 

    When the stars of Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Paul put in some lap times around our track, it could well have been a friendship ender… But it wasn’t.

    Watch the lap here

    Behind the scenes with the two scamps

  4. Tom Cruise in 1.44.2 secs

    You should have seen the face of the BBC insurance officer when Top Gun’s ace pilot went on two wheels round Top Gear’s Gambon corner….

    Watch Tom’s lap here

  5. Ryan Reynolds in 1.43.7 secs

    Life became a lot tougher when Ryan Reynolds came to the track. He made us all feel inadequate, boring and ugly. Annoyingly, he was fast too…

    Watch the lap here


    More from the Hollywood heartthrob, filmed and produced by a swooning all-female production team…

    Watch the footage here

  6. Ross Noble in 1.43.5 secs

    When a leather-wearing fan of bikes came to the track Jeremy was less than impressed. It didn’t stop him putting in a fast lap, though…

    Watch the lap here


    Ross Noble at the track explains how he ended up travelling to Scotland from Hinkley, just through the help of Twitter.

    Watch the footage here

  7. Michael Fassbender in 1.42.8 secs (with ice on the last corner)

    As much as Jeremy has tried, we can’t control the weather down at Dunsfold Aerodrome. So when Michael Fassbender popped down on a cold, icy day, the Cee’d’s lateral traction was truly tested. He freely admitted that he was sweating as much as a cornered nun….


    More from superbly endowed Irish-German Hollywood star here

  8. John Bishop in 1.42.8 secs

    Currently third in the c’eed standings is male comedian and professional Scouser John Bishop.

    Watch John’s lap here

  9. Rowan Atkinson in 1.42.2 secs

    After driving a Mini and McLaren F1 for years, you’d think that Mr Bean would put a respectable lap in around our track. And he sure did…

    Watch Rowan’s lap here


    Check out the Blackadder, Mr Bean and Johnny English star’s practice runs here. He literally drove the wheels off our C-Apostrophe-D

    Watch the footage here

  10. Matt Le Blanc in 1.42.1 secs

    Friends star, tuning enthusiast and the fastest ever man around our Top Gear track… so far. How you doin’?

    Watch Matt’s lap here


    Matt navigates the Top Gear track in something with a little more power… the McLaren MP4-12C and a Stig.

    Watch the footage here

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