Who is getting into the car?
Who is getting into the car? John Towells with thanks to pilot Peter Lindores

Top Gear mystery unmasked

COULD Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond or even James May be in Warwick?

Morgan Park raceway was abuzz yesterday, but unless your name was on the list getting a sneak peek at the action was a no-go.

It was revealed last week that Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson would be test driving the new Microsoft Xbox-sponsored Triple Eight Race Engineering built V8 Supercar at Morgan Park.

The deal was arranged by racing legend Mark Skaife and was originally meant to take place at the Holden Driving Centre at the Gold Coast.

While Top Gear publicity officers tried to steer the Daily News off track, we knew something big was going down when it was rumoured Southern Downs Regional Council had an order for road blocks.

If we were to believe what the BBC publicity officers told us, why would there be a need to lock Morgan Park down tighter than the EI outbreak?

The Daily News had a tip off on Friday that the Top Gear action would be starting at the crack of dawn.

The Daily News headed out into the dark at 5am with hope of getting a glimpse of what was happening.

A plain white race transporter with a single V8 Supercars Australia logo on the back door sat behind the locked gates of Morgan Park raceway.

As the morning grew brighter the Daily News were asked to leave the property when the gates were opened and many cars trailed in locking the gates behind them.

Southern Downs Regional Council workers started putting up road blocks at 7am just near the entry to the polocrosse fields.

Fans hoping to get a closer look at the track from Kenilworth St were stopped in their tracks by a police officer and council workers making sure no one made a dash across the paddock to get closer to the track.

With all hope lost of getting into the track the Daily News took to the sky to get a bird's eye view of the action.

From above Daily News correspondent John Towells and pilot Peter Lindores circled the track and grabbed some exclusive images.

From the sky it appeared the crew had travelled light with only one transporter, a few cars and a handful of camera crews spread out around the track.

As the Xbox 360 V8 Supercar roared around the track a few lucky fans were able to grab some photos as it shot around the northern end of the track.

12-year-old Kurt Camac was able to grab a few seconds of video footage from Kenilworth St.

"It's so exciting to know they are in town," Kurt said.

Kurt and his family were standing in the street for most of the morning and into the afternoon hoping to see some action.

Kurt's father said he thought Mark Skaife did a few fast laps around the track early on but after there were some slower laps which led him to believe there was a different driver in the seat.

Could this have been Jeremy Clarkson?

As the Daily News went to print last night the V8 Supercars transporter was parked in the polocrosse grounds at Morgan Park with security guards at the gates preventing anyone from getting closer.

Were they waiting to leave town under the cover of darkness?

A source told the Daily News they believed the crew would be filming for two days in Warwick, looking to head out of town this afternoon.

Morgan Park raceway president Bill Campbell confirmed on Friday Top Gear was coming to town however when the Daily News questioned why the track was closed yesterday (Monday) he said he had been sworn to secrecy.

"I've signed a confidentiality statement which prevents me from saying anything."

The Daily News contacted Triple Eight Race Engineering who also said they were unable to give disclose information about their V8 Supercar being in Warwick.

Could all this secrecy be just a way to keep the identity of the Stig under wraps?

It's clear we can confirm the Microsoft Xbox V8 Supercar wildcard entry was in town, but who was behind the wheel? The Daily News will keep hunting until these questions are answered.

Fans trying to see a glimpse of the action at Morgan Park. Photo Candyce Braithwaite / Warwick Daily News
Fans trying to see a glimpse of the action at Morgan Park. Photo Candyce Braithwaite / Warwick Daily News Candyce Braithwaite


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