The presenters of BBC2’s motoring show Top Gear have reportedly received death threats after poking fun at Welsh people during a recent edition.

James May told the News Of The World that he and co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond were targeted after the Welsh “really took offence” at the remarks.

Their comments included suggestions that motorists should test drive fast cars on rural Welsh roads, “because no-one wants to live there”.

“It isn’t the Mexicans we have to worry about – it is the Welsh,” May said. “They really took offence.

“We received quite a few threats on our lives. People shouldn’t take what we say seriously.”

The trio have taken potshots at the Welsh in the past, with Clarkson blowing up a map in a microwave then saying “I put Wales in there because Scotland wouldn’t fit,” and May branding the Welsh language “baffling and dangerous”.

They recently came under fire for making jibes at Mexicans, calling them “lazy, feckless, flatulent and overweight” on the show a fortnight ago.

It led to Britain’s Mexican ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza called their comments “xenophobic” and “humiliating”.

However a BBC spokesperson said that the presenters were referring to the “perceived characteristics of nationalities when talking about cars made in those countries” and added, “Mexico was not singled out.”