#TopGear: 'Never a good idea!' BBC series slammed for 'repeating' Richard ...

Tonight’s Top Gear saw the ante upped between Chris Harris and an RAF fighter jet. Behind the driver’s wheel of a £2million, 250mph McLaren Speedtail, Chris was tasked with beating the F-35 Lightning in a head-to-head race. While the action on BBC Two was undoubtedly gripping, some long-serving fans weren’t best pleased with the show for “repeating” the same race former host Richard Hammond had taken on.

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Paddy McGuinness paid reference to an episode in 2007 which saw Richard Hammond take on an RAF jet in a race.

The Top Gear host said: “Now back in 2007, on this very programme you may remember Richard Hammond raced a very fast car against an RAF fighter jet.

“That fast car was a Bugatti Veyron. And it lost. But as you can see, things have moved on in the last 13 years and I thought it was time for a rematch.

“So I rang up the RAF and I said: ‘Guess what? We’ve got a new toy, fancy a rematch?’

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Top Gear: Paddy McGuinness introduced a raceTop Gear: Paddy McGuinness introduced a race Richard Hammond had already done (Image: BBC)

Top Gear: Chris Harris took part in the raceTop Gear: Chris Harris took part in the race (Image: BBC)

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“And they said: ‘We’d love a rematch and guess what? We’ve got a new toy as well.”

At this moment, the F-35 flew overhead, prompting Paddy to joke: “I think we’ve bitten off more than we can chew.”

While Chris momentarily crept into a lead during the race, he ultimately endured the same fate as Richard and lost to the jet.

The entire race was quite a spectacle to behold but some fans weren’t too happy with the show using a similar segment from the past.

Top Gear: Fans weren't too pleased with the throwback referenceTop Gear: Fans weren't too pleased with the throwback reference (Image: BBC)

Taking to Twitter, one fan said: “Since the

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