Get Surrey: Justin Hawkins, Jodie Kidd and Warwick Davis – fastest Surrey celebrities on Top Gear track

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See how famous people from Surrey fared in a driving challenge on BBC show Top Gear

What he lacks in size, Epsom-born Warwick Davis makes up for behind the wheel.

Trinity Mirror’s Data Journalism Unit has analysed the lap times and birthplaces of celebrities to have driven in the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment of Top Gear.

And if Surrey ever needs a celebrity to represent the county at motor racing, Davis is the man with the best ranking of seven drivers from the county.

There have been four “reasonably priced cars” on the motoring programme, which uses Dunsfold Aerodrome as its test track.

For the first seven series it was a Suzuki Liana which was replaced by a Chevrolet Lacetti. The current car, a Vauxhall Astra, took over from a Kia Cee’d.

Davis, who appeared in Star Wars and the Harry Potter films, posted 1:46.8 in the Astra and came in a respectable sixth place out of 19 drivers so far.

His time was equalled by Bill Turnbull in the Kia – but the Korean car did produce faster lap times than the Astra.

Chertsey-born Justin Hawkins, singer in The Darkness, and Guildford model Jodie Kidd, tied in eighth place out of 65 drivers in the original Liana with a time of 1:48.0.

Hawkins also drove the Chevrolet Lacetti but ended up 23rd overall.

Celebrity // Birthplace // Time // Car // Ranking
Bill Turnbull // Guildford // 1:46.8 // Kia Cee’d // 20
David Dimbleby // Surrey // 1:52.0 // Suzuki Liana // 34
Jodie Kidd // Guildford // 1:48.0 // Suzuki Liana // 8
Justin Hawkins // Chertsey // 1:48.0 // Suzuki Liana // 8
Justin Hawkins // Chertsey // 1:48.4 // Chevrolet Lacetti // 23
Rick Parfitt // Woking // 1:52.0 // Suzuki Liana // 34
Sophie Raworth // Redhill // 1:47.8 // Kia Cee’d // 23
Warwick Davis // Epsom // 1:46.8 // Vauxhall Astra // 6

Friends star Matt LeBlanc is the reigning king of the Surrey track after he completed the course in the Kia in 1:42.1.

He edged out Rowan ‘Mr Bean’ Atkinson, who drove the Kia round just 0.1 seconds more slowly than LeBlanc.

Jamiroquai singer and famous car enthusiast Jay Kay was fastest in the Lacetti, while Dame Ellen MacArthur reigned supreme in the Liana.

Original Article at http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/film-news/justin-hawkins-jodie-kidd-warwick-8625815

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