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Drive

  • Episode: 

    2 of 5

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 12 Apr 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 15 2016 : Sat 09 Apr - Fri 15 Apr
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Episode 2
 
Host Vernon Kay meets up with the remaining seven celebrities.
 
UK racing legend and double British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato is also on hand with his expert advice and introduces the group to their second challenge of the series; off-road buggy racing.
 
The normal rules of racing are out the window as this week the competition goes up a gear, with the contestants taking on three challenges in off-road buggies. 
 
In the first race of the episode all seven contestants get down and dirty as they race against each other in their buggies completing 5 laps around the course.
Consisting of banks, sharp corners and hairpin turns, this muddy course will test their skills to the extreme, as the winner will automatically go through to next week’s driving challenge, leaving the remaining six celebrities to battle it out and compete in a second off-road buggie challenge. 
 
The second challenge is their most formidable one yet - the long jump.  The grittiness of the celebrities is tested here, as in the incredibly tough conditions they are airborne, having to race flat out towards a ramp, before flying into darkness– being measured on who jumps the furthest in their buggy. The two who jump the furthest will soar through to next week, leaving the 4 remaining celebrities to compete in the third challenge of the week. 
 
The third race is the obstacle course.  The nerve-racking track consists of many testing and scary obstacles, including banks, rails, and water troughs – the fastest time around this muddy madness will determine which two celebrities are the wheel deal, and which two celebrities will come crashing to a halt and have to compete in the night race
 
The Night Race takes place on a specially designed course that will push the drivers to their limits. Each week, the bottom two contestants will be put behind the wheel of a BMW M3 which can do 0-60 in around four seconds. Racing one after the other, they must each attempt to complete the course in the fastest possible time. The driver with the quickest time survives and the slowest goes home. 
 
Drive will test the celebrities to their limits but who will steer themselves to victory?
 
Series overview
 
ITV’s brand new entertainment series, Drive, features the thrills and spills of motor racing and pitches eight well known celebrities against each other in an adrenalin charged race with a difference.
 
In the first show of the series host Vernon Kay meets the eight celebrities - rapper Professor Green; singer Ella Eyre; TV personality Louis Walsh; actor and comedian Johnny Vegas; Olympic athlete Colin Jackson; TV presenter Mariella Frostrup; weather expert Laura Tobin and broadcaster Angus Deayton. UK racing legend and double British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato is also on hand with his expert advice and introduces the group to their first challenge of the series; Banger Racing.
 
Banger Racing is one of the hardest of all motor sports - it’s rough and it’s tough and the celebrities will have to prove they have what it takes to blast over the finish line and through to next week’s show.
 
In the first race of the series to determine who goes straight through to the following week’s show the eight celebrities are split into two groups. Each group of four have to race against each other in their banger cars completing 10 laps around the track. But it’s not just each other that they are up against… Four menacing ‘Wreckers’ will also be joining the race with the sole purpose of wreaking havoc. The winner from each of these groups will automatically go through to next week’s driving challenge, leaving the other remaining six celebrities to battle it out and compete in a second banger race.