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Lone Wolf and the King of the Jungle

Who'da thunk it? Not Carl Fogarty that's for sure! But last night he emerged from the Australian outback to be crowned the winner of ITV's hit show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here

The Blackburn Bullet, four times winner of the World Superbike Championship, and hero to thousands of fans suddenly became a hero to millions as a result of his unflinching appetite for tarantulas, hairy worms, kangaroo testicles, camel penis and ostrich anus plus close encounters with ants, snakes and other assorted wildlife.

After two-and-bit weeks mixing it with a motley crew of Z-list celebs, ex-politicians and footballers, and a BBC journalist who clearly thought he was in the wrong place, Fogarty was typically dismissive of the Bushtucker Challenges and other stunts.  He said:"My greatest fear was the people I'd be mixing with. I thought they'd be a bunch of arseholes. As it turned out they were nice, ordinary people and we got on famously.


"It is 15 years since I last stood on top of the podium and I must say this is the most amazing experience of my life. I can't believe it is actually happening."

Clearly Foggy, at the ripe old age of 49, has mellowed. In his prime, he had the ability to start a riot in a telephone box and he was not the most successful Superbike rider of all time by being nice. But in the jungle he and ex-footballer Jimmy Bullard seemed to spend a lot of time cuddling each other and sharp tongued politician Edwina Currie spoke warmly of him.

But it was the people's votes that counted and Old Blue Eyes beat X-Factor hreject Jake Quickenden into second place and Melanie Sykes, short-lived BTSport MotoGP presenter into third. By doing so, watched by an audience of several million, he became the most famous racer we have - even if his last race was 14 years ago.

Eat your heart out Guy Martin. Speeding along a beach at 100mph on a push bike, breaking the water speed record on two wheels watched by the odd million of goggle-eyed viewers on Channel 4, you were the best known motorcycle racer in the UK.

Not any more. Foggy's done you!

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