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John Bishop storms to the head of Top Gear leaderboard

Monday, January 24 2011

Fresh from his experience at Oulton Park last week, comedian John Bishop stormed to the top of Top Gear's 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' leaderboard yesterday (Sunday).

Bishop set an impressive time of 1:42.8s, which knocked 1.4 seconds off the previous best time set by Tom Cruise, capping off the perfect week for the comic as he was also awarded the Best Male Comedy Breakthrough Artist at the British Comedy Awards on Saturday.

The comic visited Oulton Park last Tuesday to get to grips with manual gearboxes, having been far more accustomed to automatic systems. He drove the YoungDrive! BMW 1 series featuring fully manual controls, before concentrating on cornering in the mighty RaceMaster BMW M3, capable of 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds.

Speaking before his appearance on the popular BBC motoring show, Bishop said; "I didnt realise how bad a driver I was until I got here! Next time I am going to bring a caravan so I am at my own pace!"

He added; "It was a great experience and now I will wear a crash helmet even on the road! Oulton Park is superb and I really want to come back for a race meeting. The BMW is a great car, and I really enjoyed driving it. It was really impressive."

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