Vicky Jemma Butler-Henderson
Victoria Jemma Butler-Henderson (born 16 February 1972) is a British racing driver, former presenter of Top Gear and current presenter of Fifth Gear.In 2002, the head of BBC2 decided to cancel Top Gear.
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Victoria Jemma Butler-Henderson (born 16 February 1972) is a British racing driver, former presenter of Top Gear and current presenter of Fifth Gear.In 2002, the head of BBC2 decided to cancel Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson had left one year earlier to pursue his chat show, so when Channel Five (as it was called then) asked Tiff, Quentin and Vicki to launch a new car show for the station, they readily accepted and launched Fifth Gear. Over the years Vicki has driven some amazing bits of machinery which include a Formula One car, a 1000bhp racing lorry, a Jaguar jet fighter plane and an A1 GP single seater racing car where she reached 198mph. She was the first TV journalist to be invited to drive the Pagani Zonda Roadster and became the first woman behind the wheel of a Renault Laguna British Touring Car as part of a magazine track test in 1996. Other persenting roles have included Living TV’s Biggest Loser for two series (2005-2006), ITV1’s Live British Touring Car Championship (2002-2006), Discovery Channel’s Wrecks to Riches (2006), ITV1’s Date My Daughter, (2005), ITV1’s Speed Sunday (2004), Channel 4’s Formula Four Stroke power boat racing (2000-2002), BBC’s Country File, BBC’s One Man And His Dog, BBC’s Holiday On A Shoestring Vicki started racing 100cc karts from the age of 12, having had many years driving tractors and anything else that moved on her father’s farm. In her first kart race, a more experienced David Coulthard lapped her. You won’t read that on his website… She soon progressed from racing karts to cars where she competed in the now defunct Formula First single seater championship. To help pay for it, she had a weekend job as a racing instructor at Silverstone, fitting in A-Levels around it all. Since then, Vicki has raced every year in a variety of cars including a Porsche 911 in the Carrera Cup, Renault Clio in the Clio Cup, a Caterham, Renault Spider, Radical, VW Golf, Proton saloon car, a Citroen Saxo ice race and a rally in a Peugeot 206. Her most notable racing stat is that in 2004 she became the first woman to win a Maserati race in the history of the marque, in the Maserati Trofeo support race at the British F1 GP.
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