Hammond, Clarkson and May among the favourites for Top Gear return

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Could Matt Le Blanc’s Top Gear exit pave the way for a sensational return for Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond?

The trio left the show in 2015 to present The Grand Tour but have been priced up to make a sensational return. They’re now 8/1 to make a u-turn and rejoin to the hit BBC show.

Meanwhile, Guy Martin and Jodie Kidd head the betting at 5/1 and 6/1 respectively, with 12/1 on offer for Dermot O’Leary to make the switch from Saturday night TV.

Comedian John Bishop is considered as one of the outsiders for the gig at 33/1, while our traders make recently retired IndyCar driver Danica Patrick a 40/1 shot.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Matt Le Blanc’s exit has got viewers and punters talking, and plenty fancy a surprise return for three familiar faces.”

Ladbrokes Latest Betting:

Next Top Gear Presenter

Guy Martin – 5/1

Jodie Kidd – 6/1

Jeremy Clarkson/James May/Richard Hammond – 8/1

Rebecca Jackson – 10/1

James Martin – 12/1

Jenson Button – 12/1

Dermot O’Leary – 12/1

Suzi Perry – 14/1

Philip Glenister – 16/1

David Coulthard – 16/1

Eddie Irvine – 20/1

Eddie Jordan – 25/1

John Bishop – 33/1

Johnny Vaughan – 33/1

Steve Coogan – 33/1

Danica Patrick – 40/1

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

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket and horse racing.