Racing star James Whitham is urging viewers to back his best mate Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty in the I’m A Celebrity Jungle.
The Huddersfield-born British Superbike champion has been glued to the screen since Foggy landed in the Australian outback for the ITV reality show and posted a video asking viewers to save him from elimination on Monday.
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Footballer Jimmy Bullard was the first to get the boot — and James is now hoping Foggy can go all the way.
The two friends have toured together to talk to fans about their racing careers and James hosts The Superbike Show on Loaded TV.
He said: “I’ve never watched anything like I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! before but with my best mate in it I’ve been watching it avidly.”
He said viewers will get to know the real Foggy as the weeks go on.
“For all his tough exterior, as a Superbike racer, he’s a real softie really,” he said.
Foggy has been plunged straight into the horrors of jungle life, living on a restricted diet of rice and beans, dealing with creepy crawlies and taking on hair-raising Bushtucker Trials.
The four-time World Superbike Champion has drunk deer blood — which he claimed tasted like Quavers — and downed blended beach worms in a bid to win food for his camp.
But James is confident Foggy will take on any challenge presented to him.
“He’s lived for 48 years in Blackburn so nothing will be too much of a hardship!” he said.
“Like a lot of sportsmen, you have to make yourself be tough when you need to be.”
James, 48, said fans had been chatting with him about Foggy’s jungle adventure.
He said: “He’s going down well with the greater motorcycle community.
“I think he’s been quite humble but quite tough, which people like. He’s a nice guy.”
James has been backing his best mate on Twitter and phoning the ITV show to vote to keep him in.
“I have got the numbers on redial and I don’t know what my phone bill will be but I have put a few quid in so far!” he said.
As well as Foggy, the former racer said he enjoyed watching Craig Charles (before he had to leave due to a bereavement) Mel Sykes, Edwina Currie and Michael Buerk on the reality show.
But he’s backing his best mate Foggy to go all the way.
“There’s a big Twitter campaign to keep him in,” he said. “Foggy put me forward as a nominated friend so I’ve had to write a letter for him while he’s in the jungle — hopefully I can make him cry!”