Chris Evans has announced via Twitter his imminent departure from the "new" Top Gear presentation team ahead of filming for the second series due to begin in September. Evans had the following to say after announcing his decision not to return for a second series of filming: "Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough." "I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause." The new format Top Gear has aired six episodes from the post Clarkson, May and Hammond era amidst much criticism from fans of the show. Evan's energetic style has seemingly failed to capture viewers imagination with many sections of the media and online forums berating the former TFI Friday presenter for his delivery style and on screen chemistry with co presenter and former Friends start Matt LeBlanc. Top Gear ratings in the UK fell to a series low 1.9 million viewers for the last episode aired on Sunday night and perhaps the move by Evans could well be a blessing for the show. It is understood that current presenters LeBlanc, Rory Reid, Chris Harris, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan will continue on without Evans when season 2 begins filming towards the end of 2016. It is not yet known if the Top Gear team are looking to replace Evans or continue with a more prominent roll for one of the current line-up, however speculation on who will fill the Radio 2 hosts shoes will no doubt be plentiful in the coming weeks. Do you think it was the right move by Chris Evans to leave Top Gear? What do you think of the new series? Who could replace Evans for season 2? Let us know in the comments section below!