Katya Jones ecstatic to beat Giovanni Pernice as she gears up to race remote-controlled cars in London

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We’re used to seeing them burn down the dance floor like Strictly Come Dancing professionals.

But Katya Jones, 32, and Giovanni Pernice, 30, took part in a very different kind of competition this weekend in a London park.

The twinkling stars were ready to race as they battled it out with remote-controlled cars for MeccaBingo.com.

Ready to race: Katya Jones, 32 of Strictly Come Dancing, and Giovanni Pernice, 30, raced remote-controlled cars for MeccaBingo.com over the London party weekend

Russian Katya brought a touch of subtle glamor to the situation by wearing a glitzy black coat.

She wore tasseled pants that flared as she moved, while wearing a pair of brown heels to add a light pop of color.

Her black hair rested on her shoulders as she wore crimson lipstick on her lips.

Giovanni looked neat in an anthracite coat and a blue-grey turtleneck sweater, wearing a pair of matching shoes on his feet.

And the winner is... Katya seemed delighted to have won the race against Giovanni for MeccaBingo.com

And the winner is… Katya seemed delighted to have won the race against Giovanni for MeccaBingo.com

Katya wore tasseled trousers that flared out as she walked and she seemed excited to take part in the event with her BBC colleague

The Russian professional dancer seemed to be happily enjoying the spring weather as she and Giovanni raced the toy cars outside

She has some flair! Katya wore tasseled trousers that flared out as she walked and she seemed excited to take part in the event with her BBC colleague

The star wore a Gucci belt with a striking gold buckle and completed his look with dark jeans while hiding behind aviator sunglasses.

Katya and Giovanni seemed to be having a good time laughing as they raced the cars.

But it was Katya who won the race and she celebrated by hitting the air while visibly laughing out loud.

On your marks!  Giovanni watched in concentration as he raced his car, but luck was not on his side that day

On your marks! Giovanni watched in concentration as he raced his car, but luck was not on his side that day

Nonstop!  And on Monday morning, Katya caught the eye in bright red sportswear after presenting Strictly Fitness on BBC Morning Live

Nonstop! And on Monday morning, Katya caught the eye in bright red sportswear after presenting Strictly Fitness on BBC Morning Live

On the way!  The dancer slipped into tight leggings after her presentation performance

cozy!  She kept warm in an oversized FILA hoodie and carried her accessories in a backpack

On the way! The dancer donned tight-fitting leggings and kept warm with an oversized FILA hoodie after her presentation performance

The glamorous dancer turned 32 earlier this month and enjoyed a five and a half hour lunch with her BBC colleagues Janette Manrara and Luba Mushtuk.

Past birthdays for the star have been eventful, as in 2018 she was pictured kissing her then dance partner, comedian Seann Walsh, while still married to now ex-husband Neil Jones.

It comes after Katya paid tribute to former flame Neil on his 39th birthday earlier this month with a series of ’embarrassing’ throwbacks.

Katya posted a vintage photo of her and Neil from their wedding, including a photo of them at a party.

The dancer captioned the post: ‘Happy birthday @mr_njonesofficial! Gosh, you’re getting old.

Pose: Katya struck a playful pose as she placed her birthday cake on her head for a fun photo

Pose: Katya struck a playful pose as she placed her birthday cake on her head for a fun photo

‘Yet full of life, energy and positivity! Keep that smile on your face and keep that hair ginger! Sorry I corrected it earlier (swipe for some embarrassing photos).

May it be a great year for you !! Lots of love. #strictlyomedancing #birthday #happybirthday (sic)’

Earlier this year, Katya spoke about the demise of her seven-year marriage to Neil.

Birthday Girl: Katya paid tribute to ex-husband Neil Jones for wishing him the best on his 39th birthday with a series of cheeky throwback photos earlier this month

Birthday Girl: Katya paid tribute to ex-husband Neil Jones for wishing him the best on his 39th birthday with a series of cheeky throwback photos earlier this month

Still close by: the dancer captioned the post: 'Happy birthday @mr_njonesofficial!  Gosh, you're getting old.  But still full of life, energy and positivity!  ' (pictured in 2019)

Still close by: the dancer captioned the post: ‘Happy birthday @mr_njonesofficial! Gosh, you’re getting old. But still full of life, energy and positivity! ‘ (pictured in 2019)

In an interview with Waggel, the star reflected how she found her 30th birthday ‘challenging’ because her marriage to Neil was going ‘downhill’.

Speaking of the dark period, she said: ‘I turned 30 in 2019, it was a challenging time. I didn’t like where I was, felt like I was actually in limbo.

‘My relationship went downhill. I only felt happy in my own company in May 2020, when I spent my birthday in lockdown. ‘

Katya also revealed that she has used the time since her divorce from Neil to “ improve myself ” and hasn’t dated since they broke up.

She said, “I came out of a marriage, not even a long-term relationship, but a marriage. Neil and I were together for twelve years, married for seven years. ‘

The professional dancer said she didn’t even think about dating because “I’ve been with this person for so long.”

Breakup: Katya and Neil announced their separation in September 2019 - ten months after she was pictured kissing her former dance partner Seann Walsh (pictured above)

Breakup: Katya and Neil announced their separation in September 2019 – ten months after she was pictured kissing her former dance partner Seann Walsh (pictured above)

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