Top Gear viewers love the new line-up

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From Digital Spy

Top Gear returned to BBC2 tonight (June 16) with Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris at the wheel – and the verdict from viewers is largely positive.

The show has endured a difficult time since Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond left. They were then followed by Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, who failed to return the show to form before departing.

But based on the viewer reactions to tonight's premiere, the BBC programme may very well have found a winning formula, with the presenting trio supplying plenty of laughs.

They talk about cars, too.

One viewer tweeted: "You know what I had written this off before it started but I actually think @PaddyMcGuinness and @flintoff11 will be the saviours of this show. Two blokes from up North have done it proud, let the Northerners see the cars, well done also to @harrismonkey #welldone"

While another wrote: "Haven’t watched #TopGear since Clarkson, Hammond and May. But I think they have finally got it right now. Very good! Can finally enjoy the programme again now."

Photo credit: Ashley Knotek Rex/Shutterstock

Related: Top Gear's Chris Harris says Matt LeBlanc is "gutted" he couldn't carry on

As well as supplying the laughs, there was plenty of drama in tonight's episode as the boys took part in three different challenges.

The first saw them pit their cars against each other in a drive across Ethiopia, for the second they carried out a driving test on a rally track, and for the third they drove blindfolded down an airstrip.

Top Gear airs on BBC Two, Sundays at 8pm

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