The three were announced at a function in Sydney tonight, after an exhaustive search for the coveted roles. Producers were bombarded with over 4000 submissions.
Currently a motorsport commentator for the BBC, Charlie Cox, 47, is known for his classic one-liners. He worked in radio in Sydney in the 1980s before moving to the UK where he won several motor racing titles in the 1990s and was involved in a near life-ending crash in 1995.
Warren Brown, in his mid-40s, is best known for his work as a cartoonist and motoring columnist for The Daily Telegraph, but also has a passion for historic cars.
Steve Pizzati, is the youngest of the bunch, in his mid 30s. He is an advanced driving instructor, freelance motoring journalist and a race driver for Porsche Australia.
To air after the Olympics, the Australian production will have a distinctly “Australian feel.” It is the first version outside the UK, though another has since been announced for the USA.
“We have chosen three totally different and entertaining personalities who have a natural chemistry that works,” said SBS Director of Content Matt Campbell.
Sydney Morning Herald motoring editor Josh Dowling will act as the motor industry consultant.
Series 10 of the original Top Gear premieres 7:30pm Monday on SBS.
Story and photo: news.com.au
David Knox is an occasional blogger for SBS.