Motorsport at the highest level is a closed shop for anyone without a lot of money and a few good connections.
So Paddy McGuinness, 49, invited two young drivers with no real racing experience and two teenage mechanics, with the aim of pitting them against two well-funded racers who have been in the game for years and only have eight weeks of training.
The fourth episode of Top Gear’s new series, which airs Sunday, stars comedian Paddy helping cast four people after they received thousands of applications.
Challenge: Paddy McGuinness, 49, invited two young drivers with no real track racing experience and two teenage mechanics to train for the GT Cup for Sunday’s Top Gear
He had just eight weeks to train the aspiring racers and mechanics ahead of the prestigious GT Cup at Donington, where they would drive a McLaren.
Luckily TV star Paddy was able to ask F1 ace Lando Norris (23) for help.
Paddy said of his team: “If you want to be the best you have to learn from the absolute best, so today I have a special guest for you to beat: current McLaren F1 driver and all-around superstar Lando Norris. “
Expert: Paddy called in some help from F1 ace Lando Norris, 23 (pictured), as he tried to coach two young, inexperienced track drivers and two mechanics for a race
After meeting the team, Lando recalled his first F1 race and said to Paddy when asked what was on his mind: ‘Oh so much! I was so nervous at the time.
“A lot of it is just pressure you put on yourself, but you know you can do well if you just go out there and do your job.”
Paddy asked Lando, “You raced but not very well. How do you shake that off?’
Words of Wisdom: Lando spoke to the aspiring racers and mechanics as they prepared for their eight-week training course
He replied, “You can’t just do it yourself. You have to ask the people who are there for you, “How can I do better next time?”
“Once you’ve checked it out, just put it behind you and look ahead to the next.”
It comes after Paddy’s Top Gear co-host Chris Harris required surgery following a go-kart accident while filming the current series.
Good humor: The racer smiled and chatted with the group on the day after the hopefuls practiced on some go-karts
The 47-year-old broadcaster is “still devastated” after having to go under the knife for the BBC One show after beating Paddy at a Formula Hmong race in Thailand.
Paddy told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “He’s still broken. His right hand is still not right.
“When he puts his hand up I’m not sure if it’s his finger or thumb but one of them is pointing the other way. He needs an operation.’
Warm welcome: Paddy gave Lando a warm welcome, with the athlete wearing an official McLaren hoodie as he appeared on camera
In the incident – shown earlier in the series – the two were speeding down a hill in the wooden cars, shrouded in helmets and body armor.
Chris referred to it as “bassroots” as racing can be.
He said: “It’s as down-to-earth as motorsport. The steering is on foot, the only fuel is gravity and the machines themselves are, shall we say, sustainably sourced.”
Challenge: It comes after Paddy’s Top Gear co-host Chris Harris required surgery following a go-kart accident while filming the current series
Paddy noted that the cameras don’t accurately represent Chris’ “reasonable speed” and the way he fell “hard.”
He said: “When Chris went off, he was driving at a reasonable speed and hit the ground hard
“There are no motors – there wasn’t even really a brake. When you’re done, think, “I’m glad we were able to go away.” Chris got off lightly with it.’
During the race, Chris could be heard yelling, “I can’t steer. I have absolutely no control.’
Before his collision, he said “oh no” and slipped on a dirt road before rolling over.
As Paddy looked at his friend, Chris said, “My hand really hurts.”
Top Gear airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.
Dangerous: Paddy McGuinness (right) is seen co-hosting along with Freddie Flintoff (centre) and Chris Harris (left). Top Gear airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One
Source: | Dailymail.co.uk
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