Thursday 27 October 2016

Top Gear: Chris Evans reveals full presenter line-up of five men and one woman

Eddie Jordan and Sabine Schmitz among them

Alex Robbins

Published 11/02/2016 | 08:54

The new Top Gear line-up
The new Top Gear line-up

The new line-up of six Top Gear presenters will include Eddie Jordan and Sabine Schmitz, as confirmed by Chris Evans

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The new line-up of Top Gear presenters has been confirmed by Chris Evans this morning.

Eddie Jordan and Sabine Schmitz will join Evans in hosting the show, along with previously-confirmed American actor Matt LeBlanc.

Also joining the show are motoring journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid, while The Stig returns for his usual track driving duties.

The line-up was confirmed by Evans in an image he tweeted this morning, accompanied by the caption: "Morning from the new Top Gear team. All present and correct and smelling of eau de petrol."

Some of the new presenters also tweeted confirmation of their participation.

However, David Coulthard, previously thought to be a member of the new team, is not present.

Evans has previously said that he wanted to give his version of Top Gear a more enthusiast-leaning bent, saying he intended to give viewers "the best show that I can produce about cars."

To that end, the team includes two journalists, one racing driver and a former Formula One team boss. Evans has also made good on the BBC's desire to include a female presenter in the line-up, though was keen to stress that Schmitz has been chosen "not for the sake of it", but because of her credentials as a racer and car enthusiast.

Evans will be hoping the announcement will move the show forward after a series of problems were rumoured to have beset early filming.

First Evans was captured on camera suffering a bout of car sickness after being driven at high speed around a track by Schmitz, and then came allegations of rows among BBC staff about high-profile resignations from the show.

Evans had previously said that the atmosphere among staff was "apocalyptic" when he first arrived, and that re-building the show was a "baptism of fire".

The new version of the show will arrive on screens in March.

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