Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

RTE bids to rival Top Gear with its car show

In a bid to rival Top Gear, RTE2 have come up with their own twist on the hit BBC motoring show.

The Irish programme will test motorists' abilities with different vehicles and reward the best driver with a training session in a Formula One car.

The new show, Training Days, will be aired on RTE2 next autumn and the producers are currently trying to raise €100,000 from sponsors to seal the deal.

Ordinary drivers will be put through their paces in various driving disciplines from |racing cars to limousines and emergency service vehicles.

Presenter Neil Briscoe said: “I know what it feels like to be provided with a great car and to do amazing things with it.

“To get out of a car and know something you couldn't do before is a great feeling. Ultimately, the ambition is to have six members of the public drive different vehicles, and then we'll reward people who scored the best.

He added: “Driving is a skill which one can hone and learn. To learn how to drive properly is really important because a lot of people drive without thinking about it.”

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