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Saturday 25 January 2020

Madsen race bid screeches to a halt

Michael Madsen at the start of the Gumball 3000 Rally
Michael Madsen at the start of the Gumball 3000 Rally

Movie star Michael Madsen left the Gumball 3,000 Rally on its first day after police stopped his driver for speeding, event organisers said.

The Reservoir Dogs actor flew to the US following the incident, which took place in Belgium on Saturday as participating super-cars powered towards their first stop-over in Amsterdam.

Organisers said he planned to rejoin the trip on its North American leg.

Madsen, who had been travelling in an Aston Martin, was one of several celebrities who were cheered off from London's Pall Mall on the 3,000-mile trip to New York.

The Wire's Idris Elba, US singer Eve and rapper Xzibit are also taking part in the annual event.

A Gumball 3,000 Rally spokeswoman said: "Michael was unlucky to be a passenger of a car that was stopped by police for speeding. He didn't know how long the driver would be with the police, so he decided to go straight to the US and will meet the rally when they arrive in the States later this week."

Speaking in London at the starting line on Saturday, Madsen said he was unsure how much time he would get to spend behind the wheel himself.

He said: "I'm looking forward to seeing what Gumball is about so that I can come back next year and get some more time with the car and compete in a serious way instead of being a movie actor driving a car. I'd rather get some more behind-the-wheel time and participate instead of being a freak."

From Amsterdam, the 12th annual Gumball 3,000 Rally takes in stops in Copenhagen and Stockholm before the cars are flown to Boston.

They will continue to Quebec and Toronto before finishing in New York's Times Square on Friday.

PA Media

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