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February 14th, 2012 9:57am EST

Ryan ReynoldsRyan Reynolds is Hollywood's new top gun after beating Tom Cruise's lap time during a racetrack challenge for British TV show "Top Gear."
 
The star got behind the wheel of a Kia hatchback for the show's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment, which aired in the U.K. on Sunday, and admitted the challenge was frustrating for him because he prefers to ride motorcycles.
 
Footage of his lap had to be bleeped considerably because he hurled obscenities throughout his drive.
 
He told host Jeremy Clarkson, "I'd like to think I'm a horrible driver. I ride motorcycles everywhere, so you can just race up through traffic... When oncoming traffic is all stopped, you can just go right up the middle. So I have this tendency when I am in a vehicle to think I can slip that entire vehicle right up the middle. It's only at the last second where I'm hitting the breaks, coming to a halt (that I remember I'm in a car)."
 
Clarkson then told Reynolds his lap was timed at one minute, 43.7 seconds - beating Cruise's time by half a second.
 
Thrilled Reynolds declared, "My goal was just to see if I could drive a manual car. I haven't done that since I was in high school, so that was interesting... Wow, wow! I did want to beat Tom Cruise!"
 
Friends star Matt LeBlanc is the fastest celebrity on the "Top Gear" leaderboard at one minute, 42.1 seconds, while Rowan Atkinson is a close second at one minute 42.2 seconds.

Ryan Reynolds

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