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TV star Vernon Kay drives Formula E car

Vernon Kay beside the DS Virgin Racing team's Formula E car

TV’s Vernon Kay has been allowed behind the wheel of DS Virgin Racing’s all-electric Formula E car at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

“I’m one hell of a lucky man,” said Vernon, who presents coverage of the FIA Formula E Championship on Channel 5.

“Why? Because the DS Virgin Racing team and their star driver Sam Bird have agreed to let me drive one of their stunning, all-electric Formula E cars. Are they bonkers?”

The 44-year-old, who’s 6ft 5in, squeezed into the cockpit of the state-of-the-art single-seater, which can reach speeds of up to 140mph.

DS Virgin Racing is one of the founding and leading teams in the electric street racing series, which is currently mid-way through its fourth season.

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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