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Great British Bake-Off star set to front new car show

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Paul Hollywood reveals future television projects - and ambition to race Top Gear host!

The Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood has admitted that he is set to become the star of a car show in the future, although he is refusing to provide any details.

The silver-haired judge had been linked with a presenting job on the Top Gear show but has refused to be drawn on the speculation. He has, however, admitted that he is scheduled to present ‘more car programmes’ over the coming months. Will Top Gear be one of them?

Hollywood is certainly showing an interest in the BBC programme; the amateur racing driver hit the headlines this week for challenging existing host Matt LeBlanc to a race for charity.

Car show rumours denied

At the same time as saying that he would happily race LeBlanc for Children in Need, however, he did confess that it would be ‘difficult’ for him to ‘get involved’ in Top Gear because of his commitment to baking.

This suggests that he may not be stepping into Chris Evans’ shoes but has at least one other car show on the cards. He has also said in the past that he would not consider ditching GBBO to become a Top Gear presenter. Hollywood responded to a national newspaper article linking him to the Top Gear job by posting the word ‘No…!’ on his Twitter feed.

The 50-year-old baker and presenter has not been shy when it comes to talking about the BBC’s hit car show recently, admitting that he had been surprised by LeBlanc’s appointment as a host on the Top Gear car show. However, he said that he had been won over by the former Friends’ star’s driving and presenting abilities.

Silverstone's silver racer

Hollywood is not short of driving talent of his own. He began his racing endeavours at Silverstone in 2015 by driving for Beechdean AMR in an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 alongside Andrew Howard, the British GT champion and Beechdean Dairies founder, as part of the Britcar Sports and Touring Car Championship. The pair finished second in their class in two races.

Whilst Hollywood is no stranger to presenting a car show or two, he has admitted that racing posed a serious challenge. He said that he had hoped that he’d ‘be a natural’ in the driving seat and be able to rely on his intuition, but had actually had to rise to the challenge and work hard.

He went on to compete in the Le Mans’ Aston Martin festival at Le Mans 2015 and compete with British racing driver Jonny Adam in the GT Cup, finishing first in class.

Licence to Thrill

The baker was the star of Licence to Thrill: Paul Hollywood Meets Aston Martin, a BBC car show in which he got up close and personal with the Aston Martin brand, training to race and become involved in an Aston team, in addition to meeting boss Andy Palmer.

Hollywood is also renowned for owning a personal fleet of cars, including an Aston Martin DB9 costing £135,000 and an Aston Martin Vantage.

He has appeared on Top Gear in the past, featuring in episode five of this year’s run of the car show back in June. However, it seems that this may be the extent of his involvement for now.

Hollywood fans will not have to go without their slice of the baker. Not only is he promising more car shows, but the 2016 series of The Great British Bake Off kicks off this week on BBC One.

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