Olajide ‘KSI’ Olatunji became the first YouTuber to walk the famous Top Gear test track, but his appearance on the show was unsuccessful as Paddy McGuinness denied him victory in a challenge against the co – host and former English cricketer Andrew Flintoff.
The popular British content creator had a stellar end in 2019, where he reigned victorious in his highly anticipated fight against Logan Paul at Staples Center in November.
Seeking to take this winning form in the car world, KSI appeared in the popular TV show Top speed on February 24, only to find himself barred from yet another victory by a heroic save by one of the hosts during a football challenge.
The YouTube star took part in two challenges during his appearance, where he was tasked with recording his fastest lap in a Toyota, but the most entertaining part of the show was certainly the Airbag Football Challenge.
For those who have never seen the BBC show before, the challenge asks attendees to select an airbag at the stand and use the power of the airbag to shoot a ball at a soccer goal. One of the presenters will play the role of the goalkeeper and the person who hits the most in the net wins.
Just as KSI earned his stripes in the boxing ring, so did Paddy in goal after making a superb save to deny him the victory.
He said, “Find this on your YouTube channel, son,” celebrating the big stop, throwing punches in the air. âTake me to the Staples Center. Bang bang bang bang! Moments later, Flintoff pulled one off the crossbar to win the challenge 2-1.
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The YouTube star also had to withstand terrible weather conditions to complete his fastest lap in a reasonably fast car, in the pouring rain, and recorded a fastest lap time of 1: 53.9.
Her time matched a wet ride from popular comedian Romesh Ranganathan, but wasn’t enough to knock the likes of Ed Byrne, Tinie Tempah and others down on the Top Gear chart.
Whether or not he’ll return to the Top Gear studio remains to be seen, though it’s certainly refreshing to see someone like him move from the world of gaming and content creation to appearing on mainstream shows. This could pave the way for more in the future.