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Jeremy Clarkson: 'We can't wait, we've never toured in Belfast'...but Top Gear were here six years ago with Clarkson at wheel

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 14/05/2015

Jeremy Clarkson (centre) with his sidekicks James May (left) and Richard Hammond
Jeremy Clarkson (centre) with his sidekicks James May (left) and Richard Hammond
The team racing in the docklands back in 2009

The old Top Gear crew hasn't even got here yet and already it's a car crash.

It seems that Jeremy Clarkson is so excited about performing in Belfast later this month that he has forgotten he has been to Northern Ireland before.

Following Clarkson's very public sacking from the BBC's Top Gear show after a "fracas" with one of the show's producers, the controversial presenter, James May and Richard Hammond are back on the road.

The trio kick of their live tour at the Odyssey Arena from May 22-24 ahead of dates in Sheffield and London.

Clarkson told the Belfast Telegraph: "We've never been to Northern Ireland.

"We're very excited about performing in Belfast. It's the start of a new tour.

"If people want to see things going wrong, trust me, come at the start. That's the one to come to.

"If James May doesn't actually catch fire, something really has gone wrong." It seems to have slipped Clarkson's mind that in 2009 Top Gear visited Belfast to film the presenters racing Minis through the city sewers.

Another dramatic stunt involved trying - unsuccessfully - to fire a Renault Twingo off the docks and into the back of a Stena HSS passenger ferry.

It plunged into the water instead and was fished out by a crane.

A Renault Twingo was also hoisted up and parked on the top of a Harland & Wolff crane - something most people might regard as unforgettable.

The three action-packed 90-minute Clarkson, May and Hammond Live arena shows coming up this month feature never-before-seen sequences and world leading stunt teams.

Event organisers revealed the popular motorheads have spent time filming video content to be used exclusively in the live shows.

Tickets are still available for the entertainment extravaganza, which includes super cars, stunts, fire and tyre smoke "you would expect from the three biggest car presenters on the planet".

Belfast Telegraph motor sports correspondent Sammy Hamill said the Odyssey shows were "a circus act" and will appeal to motoring fans.

"I do like the television show at times but it has got a little over the top," he added.

"It is more of a circus act than a motorsport event, but the show is fantastically popular among motoring people.

"We have had a number of people involved in Top Gear over the years, like world rally star Kris Meeke, Niall McShea and Steven Kane."

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Jeremy Clarkson's contract was not renewed by the BBC in February following his attack on producer Oisin Tymon.

An internal inquiry concluded that he had punched Tymon in the face, leaving him needed medical assistance, following a row over catering arrangements - Clarkson had lost his temper after he found out he wouldn't be having steak and chips for dinner.

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