ITV's Drive kicks off as celebrities race bangers in first episode

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ITV's Drive kicks off tonight as the celebrity contestants on the line up compete in their first race.

Drive is new all star reality competition show, following in the footsteps of Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing On Ice and The Jump.

After dancing, ice skating and ski jumping, the next idea programme makers have had is putting celebs in racing cars.

ITV’s brand new series Drive features the thrills and spills of motor racing and pitches eight well known celebrities against each other in an adrenaline charged race with a difference. What could possibly go wrong?

In tonight's first show, Vernon Kay meets the eight celebrities taking part: 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.

Apparently 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 in a classic reality TV twist, that's not all: 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.

By the end of the show, one celeb will have to head home.

Drive airs tonight on ITV from 9PM.

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