The cars won’t be the only stars appearing on track at the Top Gear Live Festival at Melbourne Showground’s this weekend with the Renault Sport Celebrity Challenge and V8  Drivers Challenge pitting some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment against each other on the purpose built track.

Celebrities such as Sam Newman, Livinia Nixon, Grant Hackett, Lehmo, Matt Welsh, Glenn Archer, Paul Chapman, James Kelly, Brodie Harper, Jonathan La Paglia and Melbourne Storm’s Cameron Smith are just some of the big names that will pilot Renault’s Clio R.S. 200 Gordini Edition around the 1.52km Top Gear Live track.

Australia’s premier motor racing category V8 Supercars have also confirmed their participation in the V8 Drivers Challenge where they will race against the clock contesting three consecutive laps in three different cars – but not the vehicles you might expect…

Mark Winterbottom, Lee Holdsworth, Craig Lowndes, Greg Murphy, Jamie Whincup, Tony D’Alberto, Luke Youlden, Michael Caruso and Steven Richards will all jump from an Arrow two-stroke racing kart straight into a production road car, with the finale, a lap in the infamous Top Gear Peel car (smallest car in the world).

  Top Gear Live Map
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The driver with the lowest calculated overall time after completing the three laps will be crowned the winner and take possession of the Top Gear Live V8 Drivers trophy. 

At 1pm today (Tuesday) Renault Sport Celebrity Challenge participants, the Melbourne Storm’s Cameron Smith and TV personality Brodie Harper, will be joined by V8 Supercar drivers Mark Winterbottom and Lee Holdsworth for a first look at their challenge chariots and the track they will be driving on.


Renault Sport Celebrity Challenge & V8 Supercar Drivers Challenge participants meet their chariots.


1.00pm today – Tuesday 8th March


Melbourne Showgrounds
Enter via Gate 7 on Leonard Crescent – off Langs Road


Renault Sport Celebrity Challenge participants Brodie Harper along with V8 Supercar drivers Mark Winterbottom and Lee Holdsworth

Tickets for the Top Gear Live Festival and Prototype Show can be purchased via Ticketek:

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.