Andrew Freddie Flintoff, former England cricketer and presenter of Top Gear -- a factual television series, based on motoring and aired on BBC -- has insisted that he is “absolutely fine” following a mishap during his drag race with fellow presenters Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris. According to reports, Freddie was driving a super-fast three-wheel motorcycle for a filmed stunt, when he veered off the runway and onto the grass. Medics, from an on-site ambulance, rushed to Freddie’s aid but the sportsman emerged unscathed and returned to filming. Speaking to a news publication, he said, "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."
The 41-year old was driving a motorised trikefull, known as a Time Bandit, and his motorcycle protective clothing and crash helmet are believed to have saved him from injuries. The incident occurred at the same track, at Elvington Airfield near York, where another former Top Gear presenter, Richard Hammond, had been involved and seriously injured in a near-fatal crash in September 2006. At the time, Richard had been driving a jet-powered Vampire dragster, travelling at a speed of 288mph.
Following Freddie’s mishap, a spokesperson from BBC Studios said that the health and safety of the three presenters and the crew of Top Gear was of paramount importance. He further said, "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."