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Top Supercar gear here, but no sight of Clarkson

IF IT wasn't the man himself behind the wheel of the V8 Supercar, who was it?

BBC Worldwide confirmed yesterday that they were filming the Microsoft Xbox-sponsored Triple Eight Race Engineering V8 Supercar at Morgan Park to support the Top Gear content in the forthcoming Forza Motorsport 5 game on Xbox One.

Head of communications for BBC Laura Dumbrell said the game would be launched in Australia on November 22.

"We don't know yet if you will be able to tell if it was filmed at Morgan Park," she said.

"But locals will probably recognise it.

"We didn't intend to employ security for the filming but when the press ran stories stating that Jeremy Clarkson would be there we were concerned there would be too many people in the background of the shots."

Ms Dumbrell said they had to take on security measures to ensure this didn't happen.

"It's great that there is a lot of excitement around the filming, but it has always been for the purposes of an online promotional video and never involved Jeremy."

One Daily News staffer tweeted Jeremy Clarkson asking if he was in Warwick on Monday and he bluntly replied saying the rumours weren't true and that he was in fact in Italy.

Jeremy Clarkson’s tweet to a Daily News staffer.
Jeremy Clarkson’s tweet to a Daily News staffer.

Southern Downs Regional Council CEO Andrew Roach confirmed the road closures were due to Top Gear's visit to Morgan Park.

"The production team for BBC had requested the road closures due to safety concerns," Mr Roach said.

"Council wanted to capitalise on the visit of this internationally rated television show, however there have been some commercial-in-confidence issues.

"We do feel there could possibly be some opportunities in the future given that council agreed at short notice to support the visit."

Mr Roach said council were looking at exploring future options with BBC and Skaife Racing.

Mr Roach said the exercise only cost council $1000.

It appears the film crew were only in town for one day and left under the cover of darkness after the Daily News saw the V8 Supercar transporter parked in the polocrosse grounds at Morgan Park.

The source behind the story reported by a metropolitan newspaper stating Jeremy Clarkson would be in Warwick is still unknown but the Daily News will continue to investigate the matter.

But if it wasn't Jeremy Clarkson, who was roaring around Morgan Park in the V8 Supercar?

Was it just Mark Skaife himself, or could it have been the Stig?

Nevertheless, it's still pretty exciting for Warwick that a brand new V8 Supercar destined for Bathurst in two weeks has left its rubber around Morgan Park.

Topics:  editors picks, jeremy clarkson, morgan park, top gear



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