Top Gear Australia (series 3)
|Top Gear Australia (series 3)|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Original network||Nine Network|
|Original release||28 September 2010– 5 May 2011|
The third series of Top Gear Australia began on 28 September 2010 with a 75-minute Ashes Special featuring the presenters of both the Australian and UK Top Gear's competing in a series of challenges. This special was used a promotional tool by the Nine Network, who, as of late 2009, had acquired the airing rights to both the UK and Australian shows from SBS One. The series proper began 3 weeks later on 19 October. The show airs on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm on Channel Nine.
A number of changes were made by Nine for the 3rd series. Of the original hosts from SBS, only Steve Pizzati made the move, with new hosts Shane Jacobson & Ewen Page (editor-in-chief of Top Gear Australia magazine) replacing Warren Brown & James Morrison. while former Australian cricketer Shane Warne was added as an occasional guest reviewer. The test track at Camden Airport was redesigned and the 'Star Car' was replaced. The Proton Satria Neo used in the first 2 series on SBS made way for a more 'Australian' Ford XF Falcon Ute complete with bull bar, UHF CB aerial and stickers. (Nine also changed the name of the celebrity car challenge from 'Star In A Bog-Standard Car' to 'Star In A Car').
Due to the change in design of the Top Gear test track, in Episode 2 it was announced that the lap time leader board had been re-calibrated. The Stig drove 5 cars from the previous two seasons around the new track and a difference of +23.9% was calculated.
The Complete Third Series was released in March 2011. The Two Disc Collection contained all 3 episodes and The Ashes Special.
|17||—||"The Ashes Special"||None||Van drag race • Double decker cars • Synchronized donuts • Sheep hurdling • Rally race||Jeremy Clarkson • Richard Hammond • James May • British Stig||28 September 2010|
|18||1||Series 3, Episode 1||Morgan Aero SuperSport||Outback road trip in South Australia to Lake Eyre • V8 Lifesaving reel||Lisa McCune||19 October 2010|
|19||2||Series 3, Episode 2||Chevrolet Corvette ZR1||Can you use a V8 Supercar in the real world? • New Zealand mountain challenge||Michael Clarke||26 October 2010|
|20||3||Series 3, Episode 3||Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 • Caparo T1||Grey Nomad adventure on a budget||Craig Reucassel • Andrew Hansen||2 November 2010|
|21||4||Series 3, Episode 4||Hulme F1 • BMW X5M vs Porsche Cayenne Turbo S • HDT Blue Meanie||SUV vs People Mover (Ford Territory vs Kia Carnival)||Jimmy Barnes||5 May 2011|
|Episode||Original Airdate||Timeslot||Viewers1||Nightly Rank (#)||Weekly Rank (#)|
|#1||19 October 2010||Tuesday
|1,224,000 ||4 ||12 |
|#2||26 October 2010||1,079,000 ||7 ||25 |
|#3||2 November 2010||953,000 ||16 ||39 |
- 1 Viewer numbers are based on OzTAM data for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth combined.
- Official site
- Top Gear Australia at the Internet Movie Database
- Top Gear Australia at TV.com
- Top Gear Australia magazine site
- Top Gear Australia Test Track