Freddie Flintoff escapes injury on same race track that left Hammond in a coma

The presenter was travelling at 124mph when he veered off track

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Top Gear presenter Freddie Flintoff has assured fans he’s “absolutely fine” after suffering a 124mph crash while filming the BBC motoring show.

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Flintoff veered off the runway, with medics rushing to his aid, after driving a high-speed three-wheel vehicle.

The accident took place at Elvington Airfield, on the same track where former Top Gear host Richard Hammond almost died after a crash in 2006.

“I’m absolutely fine and was back filming today,” Flintoff told The Mirror. “I go to great lengths to make sure I do well in Top Gear drag races but on this occasion I went a few lengths too far.”

A Top Gear spokesperson told RadioTimes.com: “The health and safety of our presenters and crew on Top Gear is paramount. As viewers of the recent series will have seen, Freddie is often keen to get ‘off the beaten track’.

“Tuesday’s filming at Elvington Airfield was no exception – but he suffered no injuries as a result of his spontaneous detour, as fans will see for themselves when we show the sequence in full in the next series.”

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Flintoff, who presented his first episode of Top Gear in June 2019, will return alongside co-hosts Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness for a Christmas special later this year. This will be followed by a new series in 2020.