Jeremy Clarkson: on the last lap

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Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that his valedictory laps of the Top Gear track, which were completed in a LaFerrari, a Ferrari 488 and a Mercedes-AMG GT S, “would have made the Stig proud”.

In an emotional article for The Sunday Times yesterday, Clarkson recounted the story of his final few laps at the Top Gear test track and recalled his greatest memories of the converted airfield he helped make famous while hosting the BBC motoring programme.

Clarkson visited the track in Dunsfold, Surrey for the final time last week to take the winners of a charity auction around the track in one of three supercars.

“I loved all the corners,” Clarkson wrote. “It’ll always hold a special place in my heart, that track. Which is why, last week, I was feeling a bit choked as I went through the gates for the very last time.”

The 55-year-old presenter, who was dropped by the BBC after he punched a producer in the face, said that the Top Gear office was locked during his last visit “to stop me taking even a small souvenir”. But, he added, that “the track was full of enough memories to keep me going”.

Describing his penultimate lap in the LaFerrari, Clarkson said “I made it a good one. A smooth one. The sort of lap that would have made the Stig proud.”

But shortly after completing it, he realised that one of the charity guests hadn’t yet had a go, so he got back into the Mercedes-AMG GTS and “went nuts.”

“My last lap, then. It was smoky. And I’m happy with that,” Clarkson said.

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