The second series of The Grand Tour is coming soon, but has ditched former Nascar driver Mike Skinner (aka ‘The American’) from its track tests.
So, with a replacement needed, Clarkson, Hammond, and May ‘auditioned’ someone reasonably well known – former F1 driver, WEC champion, and Helmut Marko’s best friend, Mark Webber.
Mark took a Porsche 911 GT2 RS and a Mercedes-AMG GT R around the ‘Eboladrome’ circuit. Given his role as a Porsche ambassador and the fact he’s logged a few air miles in a Mercedes in the past (and also because this is The Grand Tour) it’s not as straightforward as a couple of hot laps.
So, is this just Webber having a bit of a joke as a promotion for the show, or is he actually the replacement for ‘The American’? I guess we’ll find out when the new series airs on 8 December!