Top Gear sets new world record

11:04 27 October 2012

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Top Gear's the Stig (back), Richard Hammond (left) James May (centre) and Jeremy Clarkson. Picture: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

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‘Top Gear’ has set a new world record by completing the first double loop-the-loop on a motorbike.

Stunt man Gary Hoptrough mastered the daring feat - called the ‘Deadly 720+’ - as part of the BBC One show’s Live Stunt Team at the programme’s ‘Top Gear Live’ show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) yesterday (25.10.12).

‘Top Gear’ co-host Jeremy Clarkson - who presents the motoring show alongside Richard Hammond and James May - described the record as “pretty nerve wracking” and “spectacular”.

Speaking after the record was broken, Jeremy said: “We are now in the Guinness Book of Records because we did the first ever loop-the-loop in front of an audience. On a bike, double loop-the-loop, never been done before and now it has in front of 4,000 fast asleep people.”

Rowland French, Top Gear Live’s Creative Director, said: “I can’t believe we’ve actually cracked it here at the NEC in front of a live audience. Having now done the ‘Deadly 720’ on four and two wheels I have no idea what we’ll dream up next -- but you can trust us to come up with something even more astonishing.”

The new record comes just a few months after the same dare-devil team completed the ‘Deadly 720’ loop-the-loop in a four-wheeled buggy in South Africa.

The ‘Top Gear Live’ show runs until Sunday (28.10.12) at Birmingham’s NEC and tickets are available from the official ‘Top Gear Live’ website http://www.topgearlive.co.uk or by calling 0871 230 5588.

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