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The Stig: Gloves are off

Top team ... The Stig with, from right, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond
Top team ... The Stig with, from right, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond

TOP Gear's James May says The Stig will be viciously killed off - then replaced by a new driver.

Top gear ... team want their Stig outfit back
Top gear ... team want their Stig outfit back

He and his fellow hosts Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson may even give the race ace a BEATING first.

And James has vowed to take back the famous white overalls, helmet and gloves.

It follows SAS hero Ben Collins' unmasking as The Stig - after a legal victory allowing him to tell all about his role in a book.

James, 47, said The Stig will be ousted in the same manner as his predecessor.

The black Stig - racing driver Perry McCarthy - was last seen by viewers driving off a cliff in 2003.

Unmasked ... Ben is The Stig
Unmasked ... Ben is The Stig

The mop-haired host explained producer Andy Wilman was furious with Ben, 35, for writing a book about his show adventures.

Nailing

He told Absolute Radio's breakfast host Christian O'Connell: "There was black-overalls Stig, who had to be dealt with by Andy.

"And then we got white-overalls Stig, who will be dealt with.

Exclusive ... Sun's front page
Exclusive ... Sun's front page

"We start some filming next week. We've had some thoughts - driving to The Stig's house and nailing his head to the table was one.

"And getting our overalls back because they're not his.

"And those stupid, poncy shoes he wears. They're ours. And the gloves."

Collins was axed from the show on Wednesday after the BBC's failed licence payer-funded High Court battle against HarperCollins, who publish The Man In The White Suit in two weeks.

Top Gear returns for its 16th series later this year.

Watch James May's interview on The Stig

j.blackburn@the-sun.co.uk

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