| 9.6°C Dublin

Top Gear seeks new racing driver at 'Stig farm'


Top Gear's new Stig will make their first appearance on next week's show – as part of a herd of tame racing drivers at a "Stig farm".

Still images from next week's episode of the BBC One programme showed a group of drivers milling around a farmyard, sporting a variety of brightly coloured overalls.

BBC bosses have always jealously concealed the identity of the show's cult stunt driver, and replaced the previous two men to hold the role – "Black Stig" Perry McCarthy and "White Stig" Ben Collins – after they owned up to fans.

But rather than hiring another professional driver such as Collins, a Formula Three competitor, the latest pictures suggest Top Gear executives have decided to breed their latest recruit in an attempt to guarantee more secrecy.

Fans are eagerly waiting to discover what colour the new Stig will be after seeing leaked images of the group of drivers, which included red, blue, green, yellow and bright pink Stigs.

Presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May visit the farm on next week's show to choose which will become the third Stig in the programme's history.

A source told The Sun: "Fans probably don't know there is actually a secret farm where we breed lots of different Stigs. We've found just the one."

Their chosen driver will be presented to fans at the Top Gear Live show at Earl's Court, London next week before assuming their role in the new series next year.