Guy Martin and Steve Coogan both vying for Top Gear pole position

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Daredevil Guy Martin and comedian Steve Coogan are leading the way in the race to become the next permanent presenter on Top Gear. 

As Chris Evans steps down from the helm after just one series speculation is already mounting as to who his replacement will be.

Martin is the current 5/1 market leader with Coogan falling away slightly to 7/1 with odds of 10/1 offered for former front runner Dermot O’Leary to juggle both Top Gear and X Factor.

Actor and car enthusiast Philip Glenister is rated at 16/1 and the same price is on offer for Vicky Butler-Henderson.

Meanwhile, it’s 25/1 that Jeremy Clarkson makes a sensational return to the hit Sunday night show.

And finally, with Nigel Farage out of a job at the moment it’s an outside chance at 100/1 he’s given the nod by Beeb bosses.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Evans had a rough ride as Top Gear host and the early betting points towards Martin or Coogan filling the void, with the latter a near certainty to help ratings rocket. It’s safe to say Dermot O’Leary would be the housewives’ favourite but his time may have been and gone already.”

Ladbrokes latest betting:

To become a permanent presenter on the next series of Top Gear

5/1 Guy Martin

7/1 Steve Coogan

10/1 Jodie Kidd

10/1 Dermot O’Leary

16/1 Philip Glenister

16/1 Vicky Butler-Henderson

25/1 Jeremy Clarkson

25/1 Sue Perkins

25/1 Carl Fogarty

25/1 Jimmy Carr

25/1 Jay Kay

25/1 Richard Bacon

25/1 Denise Van Outen

25/1 Natalie Pinkham

33/1 David Coulthard

100/1 Nigel Farage

Others on request

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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