Giving her some tips, Jeremy? Clarkson enjoys a drink with Jodie Kidd as she's tipped to replace him on BBC's Top Gear

She's been tipped as Jeremy Clarkson's successor on Top Gear.

And, tellingly, blonde beauty Jodie Kidd was seen enjoying a liquid lunch with the show's much-maligned star in west London on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old model was spotted listening intently to the controversial figure, which will surely fuel speculation over the programme's future.

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Raising eyebrows: Modle Jodie Kidd was seen enjoying a liquid lunch with Jeremy Clarkson in west London

Raising eyebrows: Modle Jodie Kidd was seen enjoying a liquid lunch with Jeremy Clarkson in west London

Wearing a black leather jacket with skinny jeans, the catwalk star opted for discretion as she hid her eyes under a pair of designer sunglasses.

Clutching a pint glass, she was all ears as Clarkson, 55, seemed to passionately dispense pearls of wisdom.   

He was equally relaxed in a checked summer shirt and chinos, while also sporing some reflective aviator shades before being joined by former GMTV star Penny Smith.

Sharing minds: The 36-year-old model was spotted listening intently to the controversial figure, which will surely fuel speculation over the programme's future

Sharing minds: The 36-year-old model was spotted listening intently to the controversial figure, which will surely fuel speculation over the programme's future

Meanwhile, Jodie has surged ahead in the betting stakes and is at even odds to replace ousted Top Gear presenter Clarkson following his sensational sacking from the BBC show. 

Indeed a flurry of betting on Friday slashed her odds although Jodie has remained tight-lipped on any developments. 

However, she didn't deny it when Saturday Kitchen host James Martin brought it up during an interview, recently.

Keeping her cool: Wearing a black leather jacket with skinny jeans, the catwalk star opted for discretion as she hid her eyes under a pair of designer sunglasses

Keeping her cool: Wearing a black leather jacket with skinny jeans, the catwalk star opted for discretion as she hid her eyes under a pair of designer sunglasses

Clutching a pint glass, she was all ears as Clarkson, 55, seemed to passionately dispense pearls of wisdom

Clutching a pint glass, she was all ears as Clarkson, 55, seemed to passionately dispense pearls of wisdom

He said: 'Welcome, first off on people's agendas... Congratulations on the Top Gear job.'

Jodie laughingly replied: 'Yeah, yeah, yeah.'

Kidd, who recently split from Army officer David Blakeley after just four months of marriage, owns a number of cars, co-presents The Classic Car Show and famously achieved one of the fastest lap times on Top Gear’s 'Star in a reasonably priced car' segment. 

Chatting: Jodie and Jeremy were then joined by a male pal, who seemed to know them both quite well

Chatting: Jodie and Jeremy were then joined by a male pal, who seemed to know them both quite well

Getting the low-down, Jodie? The star - who recently appeared on The Jump - is a favourite to be named as Clarkson's replacement

Getting the low-down, Jodie? The star - who recently appeared on The Jump - is a favourite to be named as Clarkson's replacement

Spotted: The trio became aware of onlookers as they spun around to catch a glimpse 

Spotted: The trio became aware of onlookers as they spun around to catch a glimpse 

Three's a crowd! The pair, pictured in Kensington, were later joined by  former GMTV star Penny Smith

Three's a crowd! The pair, pictured in Kensington, were later joined by former GMTV star Penny Smith

Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Jeremy and his fellow Top Gear presenters were just about to renew their lucrative contacts for three more years - but they were scrapped when the star punched the show's producer.

James May, 52, revealed he had prematurely celebrated the three-year deal by ordering a rare £200,000 Ferrari before Clarkson's sacking after an infamous 'fracas' with producer Oisin Tymon.

May says he had ordered the last ever Ferrari 458 Speciale - in bright orange - while the 'draft version' of the lucrative contract was sitting on his desk 'with only a few details to resolve'.

But after Clarkson punched Tymon in a rage over a hot meal, the offer was taken off the table.  

Good pals: Jeremy and Penny have long been friends - and have certainly had the opportunity to catch up

Good pals: Jeremy and Penny have long been friends - and have certainly had the opportunity to catch up

Bad timing: It was recently revealed that Jeremy and his fellow Top Gear presenters were about to renew their lucrative contacts for three more years - but they were scrapped when the star punched the show's producer

Bad timing: It was recently revealed that Jeremy and his fellow Top Gear presenters were about to renew their lucrative contacts for three more years - but they were scrapped when the star punched the show's producer

Writing in a column for the Sunday Times, May said: 'There we were, all three of us, on the brink of a new three-year contract to make Top Gear, after which we would definitely chuck it in with dignity and hand the reins to a new generation, assuming we were still alive

'There were a few details to resolve about time frames and other mundane stuff, but the groaning draft version of this document was actually sitting on my desk.

'This was a great privilege and a once-in-a-lifetime event; an invitation to continue presenting the world's biggest TV show for – let's not be shy – a handsome salary.' 

Good pals: She may be top-bet for his former Top Gear job, but Clarkson and Kidd looked like the best of friends after leaving the pub

Good pals: She may be top-bet for his former Top Gear job, but Clarkson and Kidd looked like the best of friends after leaving the pub

Taking it all in their stride: The pair walk home through trendy Holland Park in West London

Taking it all in their stride: The pair walk home through trendy Holland Park in West London

Better the denim you know! The pair both seemed to be in sync with their stonewash styles

Better the denim you know! The pair both seemed to be in sync with their stonewash styles

As they were: The Stig, Shane Jacobson, Jeremy Clarkson and James May poses at Campbell's Cove Boardwalk ahead of the Inaugural Top Gear Festival in 2013

As they were: The Stig, Shane Jacobson, Jeremy Clarkson and James May poses at Campbell's Cove Boardwalk ahead of the Inaugural Top Gear Festival in 2013

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