Top Gear presenter and cricket star Freddie Flintoff has crashed at more than 100mph while filming.
The accident occurred at Elvington Airfield – the same place Richard Hammond had a 288mph jet car crash 13 years ago.
While Hammond’s accident left him seriously injured and in a coma for two weeks, Flintoff is relatively unscathed. He told the Daily Mail “I’m absolutely fine and was back filming today”.
“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. It will look more ridiculous than dangerous when you see it on TV.”
A Top Gear spokesman reiterated that no injuries were sustained. He also confirmed that the entire film, including the mishap, would be shown on TV: “Fans will see for themselves when we show the sequence in full in the next series”.
Looking at the vehicle Freddie was piloting – a jet-powered tricycle that you lie on top of – it would be fair to call this a lucky escape.
Save for a race suit, gloves, boots and a helmet, Flintoff had virtually no crash protection.
Freddie Flintoff and Paddie McGuinness joined Chris Harris for the previous series of Top Gear after the departure of Friends star Matt LeBlanc and motoring journalist Rory Reid.
The new line-up (pictured courtesy of Top Gear‘s Facebook page) received encouraging praise, after a rocky few years following the departure of Clarkson, Hammond and May. It’s not yet known when Series 28 of Top Gear will air on television.