With first blood to Australia in the Cricket World Cup, 2015 is set to be a year of fierce competition between rivals Australia and England with the Rugby World Cup and the Ashes still to come.

Now Top Gear is bringing that battle exclusively to the track at Sydney Motorsport Park on 18 and 19 April for the Top Gear Festival Sydney.

Englishmen Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, with help from the Stig, will take on an all-star Team Australia in an epic motoring battle called “The Cr-Ashes”.

Jeremy Clarkson said of The Cr-Ashes: “England needs to regain its sporting honour against Australia, and who better to do it than three wheezy, idle, uncoordinated idiots from Top Gear.”

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For the first time ever, all three Top Gear hosts will venture to Australia for the Festival.

Alongside Top Gear presenter races and sequences, ‘The Cr-Ashes’ challenge itself is sure to be one of the most anticipated series of events featuring brand new sports with a motorised twist.

With Sidecar Polo and V8 Cricket, along with a ridiculous high speed relay race and a full size radio controlled obstacle race, The Cr-Ashes promises to have the audience cheering from the sidelines. Crowd favourite Car Soccer, and for the first time, a Car Rugby Penalty Shootout, will also make an appearance.

Shane Jacobson, who will take part in the Australian team alongside the likes of Top Gear Australia co-host Steve Pizzati and V8 Supercars’ anchor Riana Crehan, responded to the challenge immediately saying, “[It’s] so great to finally have all three of the UK boys at the Festival this year at once. I can’t help but think that Jeremy and James are bringing Hammond to back them up in the ‘Cr-Ashes’ because historically us Aussies have always thrashed them at car football. At the end of the day it does not matter who wins or loses….Oh hang on yes it does – game on fellas.”

Jacobson also announced that among the guest stars for Team Australia will be none other than 2007 and 2011 MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner. Casey will attempt to break the lap record at Sydney Motorsport Park on two wheels aboard a 1000cc Honda MotoGP Machine.

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner

Stoner is well up for the challenge, “I’m really looking forward to representing Australia in The Cr-Ashes. I hear Jeremy, Richard, James and The Stig reckon they’re in with a fighting chance – so we’ll have to see what we can do about that!

“I’ll be riding my Honda MotoGP bike so it will certainly add to the spectacle for all the fans. I hope to see as many of you as possible attending over the weekend to see us take on the Brits!”

The bumper program will also include race series, drifting, supercar parades, FMX, drag racing and track filling tributes to some Australian motoring icons. The team will also be answering Top Gear’s favourite question, “What Would Win?” with extreme style.

Top Gear Festival Sydney’s “Ultimate Speed Showdown” will this year see up to 12 different vehicles from all sides of the motoring spectrum ride the Grid. It will be the most number of vehicles the Festival has ever attempted to take on.

It will pit cars not normally seen on the track together as V8 Supercars – Australia’s racing hero – take on all comers, from a head to head against a NASCAR from the USA to a track battle with V8 Utes in a series of races entitled ‘V8 versus’.

If that isn’t enough to get you excited, Ferrari will open the doors on “Casa Ferrari” at the Festival, featuring six iconic Ferraris in a special display. The cars on show will include the La Ferrari, 458 Speciale, California T, FF, 2011 F1 Car and the F12. Ferrari will also parade up to 20 vehicles at the Festival. All on track. At the same time.

The Stig

The Stig will also be on-hand.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase encouraged fans to get along to Sydney Motorsport Park in April for the Festival. “Top Gear Festival Sydney is a fantastic event for the whole family, with entertainment for motorsport enthusiasts, kids, and anyone who enjoys watching the television show.

“Destination NSW is proud to have partnered with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club (ARDC) to secure this event for Western Sydney, and I encourage visitors to purchase their tickets now and start planning a high-octane weekend they’re sure to remember,” Ms Chipchase said.

With all this and much more planned for Top Gear Festival Sydney, and tickets now on sale, fans are encouraged to book their grandstand seats faster than a Casey Stoner track record!

Top Gear Festival Sydney is an award-winning event, having taken home the Best Achievement in Entertainment award at this year’s Australian Event Awards. Join Hammond, Clarkson and May as they transform Sydney Motorsport Park into the ultimate outdoor motoring spectacular over two days this April.


Dates: 18-19 April
Venue: Sydney Motorsport Park

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek at www.ticketek.com.au/topgearfestivalsydney

For more information about the Festival visit http://www.topgearfestivalsydney.com.au/

For more information to help you plan your visit to Sydney, go to www.sydney.com

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Images and text via Top Gear Festival Sydney

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