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The Top Gear team will be joined by Mark Webber and his Red Bull Racing Formula One car when the Top Gear Festival comes to Australia, taking over Sydney Motorsport Park in March 2013.

The NSW government and Sydney Motorsport Park (formerly Eastern Creek Raceway) announced they have secured the Top Gear Festival Sydney for three years, starting next year with Jeremy Clarkson, James May and The Stig kicking off the inaugural event on March 9-10.

Top Gear Festival - Sydney

Richard Hammond will not be part of the festival at this stage but organisers say that this may change closer to the event.

While two tracks of the newly redeveloped circuit will host races with driving legends and celebrities, the main attraction will be Mark Webber in action behind the wheel of a Red Bull Racing F1 car for the first time on a Sydney race circuit, just seven days before the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix kicks off in Melbourne.

Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber

Mark Webber said it will be a great way to start the 2013 Formula One season.

“Obviously it’s a pleasure to be part of the Top Gear Festival in Sydney and give Aussie motorsport fans another chance to see top motorsport cars in action. I’m really looking forward to being in front of my home crowd, especially just before the Australian GP.”

The event will also see precision driving exhibitions, a stunts and jumps zone, an off-road challenge, the world’s most expensive and powerful cars in The Stig’s Supercar Garage and challenges and races across both tracks including the Top Gear favourite ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’.

Top Gear Festival - Sydney 2013

Top Gear Festival Australia brand events managing director Michael Hodgson said the Top Gear Festival Sydney events will differ substantially from the live tours seen before.

“Unlike the previous Top Gear Live tours to Australia, the new festival format we have developed enables visitors to enjoy a full day of outdoor motoring entertainment, including world class racing, along with stunts and presenter challenges synonymous with the Top Gear television program.”

Sydney Motorsport Park

Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said, “Top Gear Festival Sydney will inject an additional $19 million into the NSW economy and attract more than 20,000 interstate and overseas visitors each year.”

 

The three-year contract sees the event move away from South Africa, with Johannesburg and Durban previously holding the event.


  • Monk

    Nice MR2 in the first photo

    • Cobber

      If you’re referring to the red car that Clarkson’s leaning on, it’s a ferrari 360 Modena. If I went to a car festival to be festooned with toyota’s I’d want my money back. 

      • Monk

        Cobber, it is a reference to the first Top Gear live shows in Australia when they were accusedof using MR2s while passing them off as Ferraris in the risky tricks.

        • Cobber

          my apologies, I missed the reference.

  • Zaccy16

    Should be good, topgear is te best car show ever! The three work so well together to make the show halerious!

    • Wile E Coyote

      I have not been to their live shows but have watched all the TG programs and enjoy most of it .
      But honestly this sounds boring and I probably would not go even if it was free- not that Clarkson would miss my entry fee.

      • Amlohac

        Thats ok you can go back to reading the financial review while we all go have fun

        • Wile E Coyote

          You should enjoy your fellow smart rrss

    • Patrick

      Agreed, this will be motor event not to miss 

  • Alan

    Nice to see real cars in the Photos ,,Jeremy’s knows real cars from Poverty Pack rice burners with their Wimpy Exhaust notes 

    • johnnygmh

      Since the GTR is Japanese, does that classify it as a poverty pack rice burner?

  • http://www.facebook.com/janet.hebson Janet Hebson

    Love the guys self depreciating humour, you never see it in Australian shows.  The guys have talent for car appreciation and entertainment!

    • Peter

      that’s “self deprecating”.  Depreciating is another thing entirely - I would know because I own a volvo and a jaguar, and consider myself quite the expert on depreciation.

      • Amlohac

        Should add a Saab to that collection, then you could be the walking definition of depreciation.

  • Paul

    Boganfest 2013

    • Patrick

      Why ? there wont be one Falcon or Commodore in sight….

      • OOOO

        Yeah, because Bogans don’t drive Jap turbos or cheap Euro Golfs do they? Nooooooo of course not.
        You idiot!!

  • Jasonlucas892011

    Have the released pricing yet for tickets??