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New Top Gear presenter Matt LeBlanc challenges Episodes co-star Stephen Mangan

New Top Gear co-host Matt LeBlanc has challenged his Episodes co-star Stephen Mangan to a Top Gear duel.

Top Gear fans were taken by surprise when the show’s new host, Chris Evans, announced that Friends star Matt would be his co-presenter when the revamped show launches in May.

My new Top Gear Friends. More to come #TopGear pic.twitter.com/zoGj1cwdNy

— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) February 4, 2016

 

Matt, known for playing Friends’ doofus Joey Tribbiani, is no stranger to Top Gear, having appeared on the last incarnation of the show twice.

Following the announcement of his appointment, he responded to a comment from Stephen, who starred alongside him in the BBC/Showtime series Episodes.

Stephen retweeted a photo of Chris, Matt and The Stig, commenting: “Still annoyed they made me wear that helmet.”

LeBlanc replied to him with a challenge to beat his time on Star ina  Reasonably Priced Car.

Ok Mangan , here's your chance to beat my time. You better come on the show. https://t.co/tXGdCKshDK

— Matt LeBlanc (@Matt_LeBlanc) February 4, 2016

 

He was referring to his first 2012 appearance which saw him set the fastest-ever time for a celebrity lap around the Top Gear track.

According to the official Top Gear website, he set an unbeaten lap time of 1m 42.1s in a Kia cee’d.

Just some old #Friends! @MatthewPerry & Matt LeBlanc together at #TCA15. #Episodes #Showtime pic.twitter.com/il5NvqsSDt

— Episodes (@SHO_Episodes) August 11, 2015

 

The American actor also thanked fans for their kind words as he posted a candid snap of himself.

Hey everyone,I'm really honored and looking forward to working on Top Gear with @achrisevans , damn he's tall. pic.twitter.com/XGrcLP0NCl

— Matt LeBlanc (@Matt_LeBlanc) February 4, 2016

 

The new Top Gear is expected to premiere in May.