London – The first post-Clarkson Top Gear series was hardly the success its BBC parent company had hoped for, and that’s to put it very mildly.

However, with former lead presenter Chris Evans having left the show and co-host Matt Le Blanc stepping up to fill his shoes, there was renewed hope that the next season might actually be worth watching.

Now the BBC has released a trailer for season 24 and although one can hardly judge a full season on one minute and 38 seconds worth of preview, the show certainly appears to be moving in the right direction.

The amusing ad features Le Blanc, along with his co-hosts Rory Reid and Chris Harris, trying to act all straight and serious in front of an insurance assessor, with clips of their fast-paced, wacky adventures appearing each time the dull, suited assessor inquires about their driving habits.

The trailer doesn’t mention when the new season will air, but does promise that it’s “coming soon”.

Meanwhile Amazon has just finished streaming the first season of the Grand Tour, the rival show featuring Top Gear’s three ex stooges Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

But fans of the trio still have much to look forward to as Amazon has commissioned another two seasons of the show.

IOL Motoring

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