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Michael Madsen leaves Gumball rally

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American actor Michael Madsen has moved out of the Gumball 3,000 Rally in Belgium after his drive was stopped by police for speeding, it has been revealed.

According to event organisers, the film star went back to the US after the incident with the aim of rejoining the rally when it arrives in North America later this week.

They were stopped on Saturday when the super-cars started their journey towards the first stop-over in Amsterdam.

The Reservoir Dogs actor had been travelling in an Aston Martin. He was one of several celebrities on the 3,000-mile trip to New York from London. Other participants include the Wire's Idris Elba, US singer Eve and rapper Xzibit.

A Gumball 3,000 Rally spokeswoman said: "Michael was unlucky to be a passenger of a car that was stopped by police for speeding.

"He didn't know how long the driver would be with the police, so he decided to go straight to the US and will meet the rally when they arrive in the States later this week."

Speaking in London at the starting line, Madsen said: "I'm looking forward to seeing what Gumball is about so that I can come back next year and get some more time with the car and compete in a serious way instead of being a movie actor driving a car.

"I'd rather get some more behind-the-wheel time and participate instead of being a freak."

The 12th annual Gumball 3,000 Rally will be taking in stops in Copenhagen and Stockholm before the cars are flown to Boston. Later they will drive to Quebec and Toronto and finish the rally in New York's Times Square on Friday.

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