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Top Gear record broken: Homeland's Damian Lewis drives slowest ever lap

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Homeland star Damian Lewis broke an embarrassing record in last night's (January 27) episode of Top Gear, recording the slowest ever lap in the show's 'Star In A Reasonably Priced Car' feature.

Lewis was hampered on his lap by blizzard conditions and considerable snow and ice on the show's racetrack.

Damian Lewis poses with the award for best performance by an actor in a television series – drama for “Homeland” backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards

© PA Images / Jordan Strauss/AP

Top Gear 2013: Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May

© BBC / Justin Leighton


[Damian Lewis - Top Gear team]

The Homeland star, host Jeremy Clarkson and studio audience all laughed along as Lewis's attempt to navigate the icy circuit was replayed for viewers.

Lewis's final time of two minutes, nine seconds was 13 seconds slower than the previous poorest performer, ex-Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

Clarkson said: "I have to say actually that is the slowest lap we have ever had on the Top Gear test track, but - and I'm sure everyone will agree with me on this - by far and away the most entertaining."

The presenter then awarded Lewis the title of 'Fastest Driver' to ever take on the course in the snow.

Top Gear 2013 Episode 2

© BBC


[Top Gear supercar race in the US - Episode Two]

Top Gear's 19th series is currently airing on BBC Two on Sundays at 8pm.

Next week's episode will feature Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond heading on a road trip in supercars from Las Vegas to Palm Springs, via LA.

This week's celebrity in the 'Reasonably Priced Car' feature is Fleetwood Mac legend Mick Fleetwood.

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