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DAY TWO - ITALY

SCENE - OUTSIDE WITH SUN SHOW BELOW THE 3 PM POSITION.

VOICE OVER - JAMES MAY

As you can see once again we got started hours late. Hammond and I have decided to travel together today and race more tomorrow. Hopefully if anything odd happens he will see it too.

VOICE OVER - JEREMY CLARKSON

I on the other hand intended to put my foot down today. I only lost about 12 minutes for yesterday's speed run which is nothing. The Road Warrior rides today.

SCENE - THE THREE CARS HIT THE ROAD. A FEW SHOTS OF THE INTERCEPTOR WITH THE OTHER TWO. NIGHT SHOTS WITH THE THREE TOGETHER BEFORE CLARKSON BLASTS AWAY IN SMOKE, FIRE, AND BURNING TIRES.

SCENE IN CAR - JAMES MAY

Stay close mate. I don't expect anything until later but lets err on the side of caution.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

Right with you. When it gets a little later I will swing into the outer lane. That should force everybody right between us.

SCENE - THE NIGHT GOES ON. THE INTERCEPTOR HAS SETTLED DOWN INTO THE RUN. A CLOCK INSIDE THE BATMOBILE IS SHOWN TO READ 11:30. THE MACH 5 AND THE BATMOBILE ARE ON A VERY EMPTY STREATCH OF MOTORWAY. THERE ARE NO OTHER CARS IN SIGHT. JAMES LOOKS IN HIS MIRROR.

SCENE IN CAR - JAMES MAY

Hammond.


SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

I see it mate. We are in perfect position. The road ahead is nice and straight.

SCENE - HEADLIGHTS ARE SEEN BEHIND THE TWO CARS. THEY ARE SOMEWHAT BLUE TINTED BUT NOT OVERLY SO. THE CAR CLOSES EXTREMELY RAPIDLY. BRAKES ARE APPIED AT THE LAST MOMENT SO THE NEW CAR IS PERFECTLY BETWEEN THE MACH 5 AND THE BATMOBILE.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

Oh. My. God. That is Racer X.

SCENE IN CAR - JAMES MAY

I recognize the car you pellac who is driving the thing?

SCENE - THE DRIVER IS WEARING THE STANDARD STIG RACING HELMIT BUT IT HAS THE BLACK RACER X DETAILS PAINTED ON IT.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

I can't see his face but he drives like the Stig.

SCENE - RACER X SHAKES HIS HEAD AND EXTENDS AN ARM TO POINT AT THE MACH 5 AND THEN OFF THE RIGHT. RACER X BLASTS AWAY AND CURVES RIGHT.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

Should I follow him?

SCENE IN CAR - JAMES MAY

Seems so. Good luck mate.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

Thanks I think I am going to need it.

SCENE - THE MACH 5 ACELLERATES AND FOLLOWS RACER X. THEY EXIT THE MOTORWAY AND END UP IN AN ODD SORT OF TRACK. IT IS OVAL AND ABOUT THE SIZE OF A SPORTS STADIUM. THE TRACK ITSELF IS WOODEN AND IT HAS SIDES THAT EXTEND UP AT VERY SHARP ANGLES. THERE ARE NO LIGHTS IN THE STADIUM.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

It. It looks like you can drive your car right up those walls. I suppose with enough speed you could stay up there for a whole lap or more. That would be fun to see.

VOICE OVER - RICHARD HAMMOND

Sometimes I am very thick.

SCENE - THE EMPTY TRACK AND STAND. RACER X IS IN HIS CAR FACING THE MACH 5 ACROSS THE OPEN INFIELD. THEIR LIGHTS ALMOST MEET IN THE CENTER. HAMMOND GETS OUT. RACER X GETS OUT. ONE BY ONE THE LIGHTS OVER EACH SECTION OF THE TRACK SLOWLY GO ON.

VOICE OVER - DEEP UNKNOWN VOICE

Richard Hammond you are to be tested. You will complete one entire lap on the upper portion of this track. Racer X as my earthly representative will... help you. Do not take too long. If I become impatient your life may become interesting.

SCENE - HAMMOND WITH HIS HELMIT IN HIS HANDS LOOKING SHOCKED.

RICHARD HAMMOND

A lap up there, me? In this car? I can't do that. I won't do that.

SCENE - RACER X SHAKES HIS HEAD. HE CLIMBS INTO HIS CAR AND SLOWLY ROLLS FORWARD. HAMMOND WATCHES THE CAR APPROACH. HE LOOKS UP AT THE TRACK AND AT THE MACH 5. HE SHAKES HIS HEAD. RACER X STOPS 20 FEET AWAY FROM THE NOSE OF THE MACH 5.

RICHARD HAMMOND

Oh bloody hell.

SCENE - HAMMOND CLIMBS INTO THE MACH 5. HE MAKES A SLOW TURN AND HEADS TO THE OBVIOUS STARTING LINE. RACER X FALLS INTO LINE BEHIND HIM MAINTAINING THE 20' DISTANCE VERY PRECISCELY.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

I have often wondered how I would die. Hey where is my crew? My guys are in a white Range Rover and a Merc. Nobody is filming this... oh there they are. One black van? Who are those guys?

VOICE OVER - RICHARD HAMMOND

I really wanted to stop all this and ask what the hell was going on? But I noticed the bloke I hoped was Stig start to roll closer I decide it was time to go.

SCRENE - HAMMOND CHECKS HIS HELMIT, SHAKES THE GEAR SHIFT AND PUTS ON HIS DETERMINED FACE. A BRIEF FLURRY OF HANDS AND HE IS OFF WITH A NICE AMOUNT OF SMOKE. RACER X IS WITH HIM EVERY FOOT AND PULLS UP TO 15 FEET BEHIND THE WHITE RACER.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

Damn he is close. I think I am going to need to be holding at least 100 mph to stay up there. So I am going to do a couple of laps to work up to that. I guess I should be glad I do not have to actually race Stiggy cause lets be honest he would annihilate me. All I have to do now is not get myself killed.

SCENE -THE TWO CARS LOOP AROUND THE TRACK MULTIPLE TIMES. HAMMOND EASILY HOLDS HIS SPEED AND TRYS TO GO UP ON THE 5TH LAP. HE TURNS TOO HARD ALMOST SMACKS THE UPPER WALL AND BLASTS BACK DOWN. THE MACH 5 CUTS ACROSS THE INFIELD TO RECOVER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE 2ND TURN.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND TO HIMSELF MOSTLY

Bloody hell. Slowly Hammond. Edge up there don't charge.

SCENE - THE CARS GO AROUND 2 MORE TIMES BEFORE HE TRIES AGAIN. EVERY MOMENT THE SHOOTING STAR STAYS WITH HIM. THIS TIME HAMMOND GETS ONTO THE UPPER SECTION SMOOTLY BUT LOSES IT AS SOON AS HE HITS TURN ONE. HE MANAGES TO KEEP IT ON THE TRACK.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

Damn he is even closer now. This would be easier if he would give me a little room. The is helping me?

SCENE - ONLY ONE LAP THIS TIME AND HAMMOND IS UP ON THE PROPER LANE. RACER X IS VERY TIGHT BEHIND HIM NOW. IF HAMMOND SO MUCH AS TOUCHES HIS BRAKES THEY WILL COLLIDE. HAMMOND LOOKS TERRIFIED BUT HE HOLDS THE LINE THROUGH THE FIRST AND THEN THE SECOND TURNS. HE SHOWS TIGHT SMILE AS THE TRACK SETTLES INTO THE BACK STRAIGHT. RACER X LOOKS TO BE ONLY 1 FOOT BEHIND THE BACK BUMPER OF THE MACH 5.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND WITH EMOTION

I am going to make it! I don't believe I have done this. What a magnificent car! I am driving on the side of a wall and it feels like I am on the M4. Mind-blowing.

SCENE - CAMERA SHAKE. SMOKE FILLS THE TRACK DIRECTLY BEHIND THE TWO CARS. THE SHOOTING STAR PULLS DOWN AND CUTS ACROSS THE INFIELD TO ESCAPE. HAMMOND BREAKS AND SPINS OUT IN THE DIRT. HE LOOKS AROUND.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND SHOUTING

WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

What just happened? Why am I sitting here alone?

SCENE - ONE BY ONE, IN REVERSE ORDER THE LIGHTS GO OUT.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

Lovely.

SCENE - THE MACH 5 EXITS THE TRACK AND HEADS DOWN THE ROAD. ONCE ON THE MOTORWAY HAMMOND REMOVES HIS HELMIT. HE TAPS HIS MOBILE.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

James? You won't believe what happened to me. And oh look there is my film crew falling into line behind me. Great guys where were you when I needed you?

SCENE IN CAR - JAMES MAY

Well if you notice it is 12:30 now. 30 minutes ago that black racer showed up again. This time he slowed long enough to lower a window. You are not going to believe who it looks like.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

Actually mate after tonight I will believe anything.

SCENE IN CAR - JAMES MAY

Black Stig. Back from the dead and from what has been happening to us I think he is holding a grudge.


SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

Well we did sort of kill him.

SCENE IN CAR - JAMES MAY WITH SOME RESIGNATION

I know mate. I know.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

Oh god. Have you told Jeremy yet? Warned him at least?

SCENE IN CAR - JAMES MAY

After the way the half-wit acted last night? If Black Stig wants to feast on the tiny soul of Jeremy Clarkson I will hand him the knife and fork.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

Ok fair enough there. How much farther till we reach the line for today?

SCENE IN CAR - JAMES MAY

Less than an hour. The road looks pretty clear. How about we rack up some penalty points?

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

Best idea I have heard in years. Hit it mate!

SCENE - THE TWO CARS PICK-UP SPEED AND REACH THE DESIGNATED ENDING POINT FOR THE NIGHT. ONCE AGAIN THERE ARE 3 GARAGES AND 3 ASSISTANTS WAITING FOR THE TRIO.

SCENE - THE THREE HOST ARE TALKING BUT WE DO NOT HEAR THEM. IT SEEMS OBVIOUS THAT CLARKSON IS NOT TAKING THEM SERIOUSLY. JAMES IS VISIBLY CROSS AND RICHARD DOES NOT LOOK HAPPY EITHER. WITH DISMISSIVE HAND GESTURES FROM BOTH MAY AND CLARKSON THE THREE GO TO THEIR SEPARATE GARAGES.



NEXT UP: DAY THREE AND THE SANDS OF EGYPT

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