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Bedford Autodrome to feature in ITV's new Drive series

Tuesday, April 05 2016

MSV's Bedford Autodrome facility will star in brand new ITV prime-time series Drive, which airs at 9pm tonight (Tuesday), and features eight well-known celebrities battling each other in a series of exciting motor races.

Drive is hosted by Vernon Kay and also stars double British Touring Car Champion, Jason Plato, who helps the celebrities get to grips with race driving. Taking the wheel will be rapper Professor Green, singer Ella Eyre, TV personality and impresario Louis Walsh, actor and comedian Jonny Vegas; Olympic athlete Colin Jackson, TV presenter Mariella Frostrup, weather expert Laura Tobin and broadcaster Angus Deayton.

The driving challenges include banger racing, buggies, 4x4s and rallycross. The celebrities with the slowest time in these will battle eviction from the contest in a night race. Once the heats have been completed, the remaining stars will take part in the Final, racing the former BRDC Formula 4 car at Bedford Autodrome in a bid to be crowned the Drive Champion.

DriveBedford Autodrome was also used a venue for coaching the drivers in preparation for the challenges that they will face in the series.

Vernon said: "Everyone thinks they can drive - but can they? This show will test not only their skills behind the wheel but also how they control their fear. Drive is not just about straight line speed, all driving skills are going to be tested. But when it's not your clutch you're burning or your tyres you're shredding, it's full steam ahead!"

Jason said: "9 o'clock, Tuesday night, the new ITV Drive show with me and Vernon and a whole host of lunatic celebrities, it's going to be bonkers!

"It's a bit like Jump as a concept, but with competitive motorsport, so unless you've done it, you've no idea what's ahead of you. Even though some of them drive and some don't, it's a completely different mindset, so they've got to learn that. It's been an interesting process to try and get them out of their comfort zone and show a bit of controlled aggression, and it's all different sorts of competitive competitions, culminating in racing four BRDC Formula 4 cars around Bedford Autodrome in a proper race.

"It's epic - hopefully it'll get recommissioned and it'll be on Saturday night TV. If it does, I'll have to get my teeth whitened!"