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Red Bull Global Rallycross Series Stars To Compete On Track At Top Gear Festival Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Top Gear Festival Barbados announced today that it will host an international round of this year's Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship adding to the already impressive line-up of motoring entertainment taking place at the festival on May 17th & 18th this year.

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The action-packed weekend, which takes place at the newly renovated Bushy Park Circuit, Barbados, will be the first time both parties have partnered on a live event as well as their first visit to the Caribbean.

The Top Gear Festival Barbados round will be the first event of the 2014 championship and will set the scene for Red Bull GRC's most exciting year yet.  Top Gear Festival Barbados will be the only Red Bull Global Rallycross event taking place outside of the US this year. Red Bull Global Rallycross drivers represent some of the most talented action sports athletes in the world today, including gymkhana icon Ken Block, championship skateboarder Bucky Lasek and former Grand Prix driver Scott Speed.  The legendary line-up also includes Tanner Foust who co-hosts the US version of Top Gear.

But it's not just the drivers who are the stars, the Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercars, specifically designed to produce the most dramatic and exciting racing in motorsport, will also be a highlight for the tens of thousands of fans expected to attend the event.  They will complete an incredible line-up of cars all in action across the two days.

Chief Operating Officer of Top Gear Festivals, James Cooke-Priest, says of the collaboration: "This unique partnership enables us to once again push the boundaries of live motoring entertainment.  By combining our knowledge and experience of running sell-out motoring events, with the talent and high octane spectacle of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, we are able to create this ultimate action-packed motoring weekend. It's going to be a mind-blowing event."

Top Gear Festival Barbados, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will offer a full-day festival experience with live on and off track action.  As well as the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, visitors will see The Stig and the Top Gear Live Stunt Driving Team in action. Stars will take to the track in a series of Top Gear style stunts and challenges for a thrilling weekend of rip-roaring motoring action.

Visitors are encouraged to book early so as not to miss the most exciting new event on 2014's entertainment and motoring calendar. 

Tickets for this motoring spectacle are on sale now from www.topgearfestivalbarbados.com 

About Barbados
The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes.  Rated as one of the world's sexiest beaches in 2008 by Concierge.com; Barbados' Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travellers.  Barbados is also the first Zagat-rated Caribbean island and is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Barbados has hosted several world class events including: The annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival; the 2006 PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in 2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in 2010, and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010, and the Rihanna LOUD concert in 2012. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. Grantley Adams International Airport offers even more non-stop and direct service from a growing number of U.S. cities via Jet Blue and American Airlines, making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean.  Barbados was voted eighth in the World by Trip Advisor's '2008 Travellers Choice Destination Awards' in its Top 100 Destinations category.  For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org, follow on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VisitBarbados, via Twitter @Barbados.

Top Gear Live & Top Gear Festival
Offering a variation on more traditional motor shows Top Gear Live and Top Gear Festival brings the spirit of the TV programme to the live events arena allowing fans to immerse themselves in their passion for Top Gear and motoring in general. Starring Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond and The Stig the event features an exhilarating mix of stunts, supercars and challenges. Top Gear Live has been running world tours since 2008 entertaining over 1.8 million visitors. Note: the format of the event and presenter line-up can vary in different countries. Top Gear Live is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Brand Events Ltd.

Brand Events UK
Brand Events was formed in 1999 and is the UK's most successful innovator in events and exhibitions.  Since then it has launched some of the UK's most popular consumer events including Top Gear Live and, most recently the CarFest North and South events hosted by BBC broadcaster Chris Evans which have raised more than £2m for BBC Children in Need.

BBC Worldwide Ltd.
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to exploit the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has five core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products and Global Brands. In 2011/12, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £155 million on headline sales of £1085 million and returned £216 million to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview

SOURCE Barbados Tourism Authority

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