Vernon Kay of Bolton is frequently seen on television presenting This Morning, but he can also be found in the fast lane.
Most Boltonians may be unaware that he represents Formula E, the ever-growing sister to Formula 1.
The Formula E racing series is the world’s first fully electric car racing series, and while Vernon was initially unfamiliar with the sport, he has since become a well-known face in the paddock.
The TV host was spotted at the home race at London’s ExCel last weekend.
He posted photos of himself at the race to Instagram, captioning them, “One of the best @fiaformulae race events in its very short life.”
“London Season Eight was fantastic!” Thank you, team.”
It differs from F1 in that it promotes all electric cars and has been dubbed the “future of motorsport,” with 16 races held in nine different locations.
In January, Formula E and Channel 4 announced a multi-year broadcast agreement in which the broadcaster will become the UK’s exclusive free-to-air TV home of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship beginning this season.
Vernon never forgets his Bolton roots and frequently tweets his support for the Wanderers football team while traveling around the world from New York, Diriyah, and Mexico City.
After appearing on I’m a Celebrity, the 47-year-old from Horwich gained a slew of new fans.
He follows in the footsteps of fellow T4 alumni Steve Jones, who now hosts F1 on Channel 4, and perhaps the trendsetter, Jake Humphry, who forged an incredibly successful career as the lead host for Channel 4 F1 back when Sky didn’t.
Vernon now enjoys the sport, stating in the past that he learned a lot from just the drivers, who know everything about the cars.
Vernon returned to Bolton earlier this year for an exclusive Q&A with Coronation Street and Emmerdale stars.
On January 29, he hosted an event at the Bolton Whites Hotel, where he interviewed three northern special guests about their lives on television.
He gave his entry fee to Bolton Wanderers in the Community.
Vernon, who is originally from Bolton, now lives in Beaconsfield with his wife, Strictly Come Dancing presenter Tess Daly, and their two children.