Top Gear had another presenter in mind until this crash

Laurence Mozafari
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From Digital Spy

Chris Evans dropped out of presenting Top Gear last year following sceptical reviews from critics and heavy pressure from some publications, however it seems that there was another name on the track for a job to join the huge roster of presenters.

Ant Anstead, who is now hosting Channel 4's own motor show The World's Most Expensive Cars, explained in a new interview that a test drive went awry during his 12-week audition process.

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Speaking to The Sun, Ant said: "I was asked to take around the track an AMG C63 Mercedes estate. This is a brand-new car worth around £85,000. It's fantastic - very fast and everything you want in a car.

"Unfortunately I fluffed it and got it a bit wrong. I came off the track and the car hit the tyre wall full on the side."

He added that afterward he had to "swallow some pride".

Digital Spy has contacted the BBC for comment.

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The final presenting line-up included Friends actor Matt Le Blanc, Rory Reid, Chris Harris and of course, Chris Evans. The Stig, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan have also made regular appearances.

Announcing his departure via Twitter, Chris explained: "Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best.

"Full steam ahead then with Radio 2, CarFest, Children In Need, 500 Words and whatever else we can dream up in the future."

Meanwhile the current Top Gear gang is set to convert the world's most ugly car into a yacht in the series finale this Sunday.

Top Gear hits the finish line this Sunday at 8pm on BBC Two.

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