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First trailer revealed for new Top Gear series

The BBC has today (31 March) unveiled the first trailer for the revamped Top Gear series featuring hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc.

In the run up to the hotly-discussed and much anticipated series launch in May, momentum is building with the release of a 60-second trailer featuring a host of fast cars, stunts, comedy moments and even some sickness from Evans alongside co-host Sabine Schmitz.

The trailer focuses heavily on celebrity hosts Evans and LeBlanc, with LeBlanc filling the comedy role once occupied by Richard Hammond. It also features a clip of celebrity guest Jenson Button.

The clip includes footage shot in the UK, US, France, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates and features cars including the Aston Martin Vulcan, Ferrari F12 TDF and Ariel Nomad.

The trailer is set to the song 'I Just Want To Celebrate' by American band Rare Earth, and closes on text stating ‘the wait is almost over’.

It comes after the cast caused recent controversy, performing stunts near the Cenotaph on Whitehall, leading to complaints from the chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne and former British military commander Richard Kemp.

The stunt led to Chris Evans issuing an apology on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, who said he recognised that the images looked "entirely disrespectful, which of course was not and would never be the intention of the Top Gear team, or Matt [LeBlanc]."

The stunt led to Kemp calling on the BBC to ditch the footage, which the BBC later confirmed it would not air.

"This is a sacred tribute to millions of people who have done far more for their country than Chris Evans and Matt Le Blanc ever will. The BBC certainly should not have done this in the first place and I would urge them to make sure this does not appear in the final programme," he said.

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