Top Gear Australia (series 3)

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Top Gear Australia (series 3)
Country of originAustralia
No. of episodes4
Original network Nine Network
Original release28 September 2010 (2010-09-28) 
5 May 2011 (2011-05-05)
Series chronology
Series 2
Series 4
List of Top Gear Australia episodes

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. [1] The series proper began 3 weeks later on 19 October. The show airs on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm on Channel Nine.

<i>Top Gear Australia</i> Australian motoring reality television series

Top Gear Australia was an Australian motoring reality television series, based on the British BBC series Top Gear. The programme first premiered on SBS One on 29 September 2008. A second season was ordered following the high ratings for the premiere episode and positive comments from advertisers, and the second season began broadcasting from 11 May 2009. After acquiring the rights to broadcast the UK version in 2009, the Nine Network started airing their own version of Top Gear Australia in September 2010. Top Gear Australia returned for a fourth season in 2011. The show was cancelled on 28 April 2012 due to declining ratings.

Top Gear Australia: Ashes Special is a special episode of the motoring series Top Gear Australia and Top Gear. It is part of the Channel Nine revamp of Top Gear Australia, which sees Australian hosts Ewen Page, Steve Pizzati and Shane Jacobson, take on the hosts of Top Gear, James May, Richard Hammond, and Jeremy Clarkson in a series of challenges involving the best and worst of British motoring, as well as a rally, and driving through a safari park. Other challenges include a drag race between a Holden VE Commodore ute and a standard looking Ford Transit van customised with a Jaguar XJ220 engine, and the double car race seen in Series 11 of Top Gear UK. An edited version of the Ashes Special was shown in the UK on 30 January 2011 as part of Series 16, Episode 2 of Top Gear UK.

Nine Network Australian broadcast television network

The Nine Network is a major Australian commercial free-to-air television network, that is a division of Nine Entertainment Co. with headquarters in Willoughby, a suburb located on the North Shore of Sydney, Australia. The Nine Network is one of three main free-to-air commercial networks in Australia.


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. [2] 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').

Steve Pizzati is an Australian race driver, driving instructor, television presenter and free-lance motoring journalist. He was born in Melbourne to Italian parents; he did not learn to speak English until he was four years old.

Shane Jacobson Australian actor, director, writer, and comedian

Shane Jacobson is an Australian actor, director, writer, and comedian, best known as the "Dunny Man" for his performances as the eponymous character Kenny Smyth, a plumber working for a portable toilet rental company, in the 2006 film Kenny and the spin-off TV series, Kenny's World. In 2006, he won the Australian Film Institute's Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for that performance. He currently presents Little Big Shots, on the Seven Network, based on the American series of the same title created and produced by Steve Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres. In 2019, Jacobson became a judge on Australia's Got Talent.

Warren Brown is an Australian author, cartoonist and television presenter.

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 Stig character on the British motoring television show Top Gear

The Stig is a character on the British motoring television show Top Gear. The character is a play on the anonymity of racing drivers' full-face helmets, with the running joke that nobody knows who or what is inside the Stig's racing suit. The Stig's primary role is setting lap times for cars tested on the show. Previously, he would also instruct celebrity guests, off-camera, for the show's "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment.

The Complete Third Series was released in March 2011. The Two Disc Collection contained all 3 episodes and The Ashes Special.


TotalNo.TitleReviewsFeatures/challengesGuest(s)Original air dateViewers
17"The Ashes Special"NoneVan drag race • Double decker cars • Synchronized donuts • Sheep hurdling • Rally race Jeremy ClarksonRichard HammondJames MayBritish Stig 28 September 2010 (2010-09-28)N/A
181Series 3, Episode 1 Morgan Aero SuperSport Outback road trip in South Australia to Lake Eyre • V8 Lifesaving reel Lisa McCune 19 October 2010 (2010-10-19)1.22
192Series 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 (2010-10-26)1.07
203Series 3, Episode 3 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2Caparo T1 Grey Nomad adventure on a budget Craig ReucasselAndrew Hansen 2 November 2010 (2010-11-02)0.93
214Series 3, Episode 4 Hulme F1BMW X5M vs Porsche Cayenne Turbo SHDT Blue MeanieSUV vs People Mover (Ford Territory vs Kia Carnival) Jimmy Barnes 5 May 2011 (2011-05-05)N/A


EpisodeOriginal AirdateTimeslotViewers1Nightly Rank (#)Weekly Rank (#)
#119 October 2010Tuesday
7:30 P.M.
1,224,000 [3] 4 [4] 12 [3]
#226 October 20101,079,000 [5] 7 [6] 25 [5]
#32 November 2010953,000 [7] 16 [8] 39 [7]
1 Viewer numbers are based on OzTAM data for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth combined.

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