NASCAR race car champ Ricky (Will Ferrell) is on top of the world, thanks in no small part to his pal Cal (John C Reilly).

However, after a spectacular crash Ricky loses his nerve and has to claw his way back to the top.  Reilly’s star starts to rise and along comes a Formula One ace, gay Frenchman Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen), to try to make a fool of him.

The comedy is very silly and a bit patchy, yet there are lots of big laughs scattered through this belated parody of 1990’s Days of Thunder.

Ferrell’s a funny man and Reilly, as his dimwitted best buddy, and Gary Cole, as his layabout dad who only stays around long enough to insult him before disappearing again for years at a stretch, are comic gems, while Cohen gleefully steals the show.