The Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom actor took part in the Circuit of Ireland rally on Saturday (04Apr15) but he hit a snag before the rally began when he damaged to the car during a test run.

Pictures show Elba in white racing overalls inspecting dents in the side of British Junior Rally Champion Gus Greensmith's Ford Fiesta R1 and scrapes at the front, which were taped over before the rally in Banbridge, Northern Ireland began.

According to Dailymail.co.uk, Elba was trained by Scottish rally driver Jimmy MCRae as part of his four-part racing reality TV series, which is due to air later this year (15).