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Vernon Kay to present ITV's celeb motor racing challenge, Drive

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Eight celebrities will put the pedal to the metal on ITV's motor racing challenge show, Drive, which will be presented by Vernon Kay.

Double British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato will be on hand to provide expert advice to the competing celebrities, who include rapper Professor Green; singer Ella Eyre; Louis Walsh; Johnny Vegas; Olympic athlete Colin Jackson; TV presenter Mariella Frostrup; weather expert Laura Tobin; and Angus Deayton.

The celebs will drive old bangers, buggies, 4x4s and rally cross cars among others in a variety of unexpected and action-packed driving challenges.

The celebrities with the slowest time in each challenge will battle it out in a Night Race to see who will remains on Drive. A treat for those who reach the final – they'll burn up the tracks in Formula 4000 racing cars in a bid to be crowned the Drive Champion.

Vernon said: “Everyone thinks they can drive, but can they? This show will test not only their skills behind the wheel, but also how they control their fear. Drive is not just about straight line speed, all driving skills are going to be tested. But when it’s not your clutch you’re burning or your tyres you’re shredding, it’s full steam ahead!”

Jason said:  “I’m excited to see what these celebrities can do behind the steering wheel. There is a massive difference from driving a car on the road to taking something to the race track and it will be interesting to see who has what it takes to take their foot off the brake and test their limits.”

Drive will premiere on ITV later in 2016.