‘Rush’ director Ron Howard appears on Top Gear as ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ ahead of release of film shot at Cadwell Park

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World famous film director Ron Howard was the ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ on BBC’s Top Gear on Sunday night as he plugged his new film Rush, which was partly shot at Cadwell Park near Louth.

Ron, the director of the new Formula One film, chatted to presenter Jeremy Clarkson about the blockbuster before hitting the track for a lap in the Vauxhall Astra Techline.

The £65million film re-tells the real-life rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda and some of the scenes were shot at the famous Cadwell Park circuit in May last year.

After a catastrophic crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring that could have killed him, Niki Lauda, played by Daniel Brühl, returns to face his rival James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) in their pursuit of the 1976 World Championship at Fuji in Japan.

The film was written by Frost/Nixon’s Peter Morgan and will be be released to the cinemas on or around September 13.

Fans will be hoping Howard’s new film will be better than his lap around the Top Gear test track though, as the director could only post a time of 1 minute 49.9 seconds - sending him to the bottom of the celebrity leaderboard, ahead of only Mike Rutherford of band Genesis.

He told Clarkson: “I implore anyone who has any interest in seeing my movie Rush, you know, I didn’t drive in the movie! Real drivers drove in the movie.”