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Australian Top Gear presenters revealed



After months of searching and over 4,000 DVD applications, Australian broadcaster, SBS, has today unveiled its hosts for Top Gear Australia, the antipodean version of the BBC's hit motoring entertainment show.

 

Charlie Cox, Warren Brown, Steve Pizzati will step into the shoes of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, when a local version of the show, produced by BBC Worldwide's joint-venture partner Freehand productions, hits Australian screens later this year.

 

The Stig, or at least his Australian cousin, will also be making a regular appearance on the show.

 

Charlie Cox was a broadcast journalist with a number of Sydney radio stations before moving to England to continue his career in radio and to race cars.

 

After winning a number of British titles and surviving a spectacular crash, Charlie turned his talents to presenting and commentating motorsport on the BBC.

 

He is known for his colourful commentary and currently commentates and presents the Moto GP for the BBC.

 

He is also director of six media companies in the UK and Australia including DMG Radio.

 

Warren Brown is an award winning cartoonist and regular motoring columnist with Australia's Daily Telegraph.

 

The outgoing adventurer has a passion for history and motoring and combining his two passions he came up with the idea to retrace the 1907 raid from Peking to Paris in 100 year-old cars.

 

Warren has his own small collection of historic cars which include two 1920s fire engines, a WWII jeep, a 1925 Bean motor car and an armoured vehicle.

 

He plays the five string banjo and ukulele and dreams of being James Bond.

 

Steve Pizzati is the youngest member of the cast and calls himself a 'gun for hire'.

 

Steve is an advanced driving instructor and race driver for Porsche Australia and is part of the International Audi driver training team in Melbourne.

 

He freelances as a motoring journalist and photography stunt driver, is a self confessed science geek and was on track to become a jet pilot but was knocked back in the final round due to poor eyesight. His love of fast machines continues.

 

 

Top Gear Australia is the first of a global roll out of the BBC Worldwide franchise and Adam Waddell, Managing Director of Top Gear for BBC Worldwide says: "A show like Top Gear doesn't resonate with a huge global audience just because people love cars.

 

"The world's most entertaining car show's popularity owes much to the relationship between its three presenters. In Charlie, Warren and Steve, Top Gear Australia now has its own team - three guys who possess the spirit of Top Gear whilst having their own distinct personalities.

 

"We wish them every success with the new show - they are going to have a great time making it."

 

SBS Director of Content, Matt Campbell said: "Nailing down a cast of 3 from 4000 applicants was no mean feat but we are very happy with the outcome.

 

"We have chosen three totally different and entertaining personalities who have a natural chemistry that works! We thank all the applicants from around Australia for baring their souls in the audition process and we’re confident our audience will like the end result."

 


Lee Leschasin

 

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