FREDDIE Flintoff has been pictured back behind the wheel following a 124mph crash during Top Gear filming.
The 41-year-old, who has insisted he was “fine” after the incident, looked in good spirits as he jumped into his convertible Rolls Royce in Cheshire this afternoon.
Yesterday we revealed how the former cricketer had a miracle escape while filming a Top Gear drag race – on the same track where former host Richard Hammond nearly died.
Onlookers said there “could easily have been a similar outcome” to the crash that left Hammond critically ill with a head injury.
Andrew was driving a three-wheeled cycle-car that required him to hurtle along lying on his front — and head-first — at York’s Elvington Airfield.
But crew and co-hosts Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris watched in horror as he over-shot the runway in his time trial and span off in a cloud of dust.
The hosts had been racing over a mile but sources said bosses then extended it to .4miles in a bid to get higher speeds.
The ex-England cricket ace was travelling at 124mph when he over-shot the runway[/caption]
Ex-England cricketer Freddie — real name Andrew — was helped to his feet before being checked over by on-site medics as filming continued on Tuesday.
Hammond, nicknamed Hamster, was in a coma with a head injury in 2006 when his dragster span off the runway at 288mph. He made a full recovery.
Freddie said: “I’m absolutely fine and have been back filming. 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 BBC source said checks had been carried out and Freddie was wearing bike leathers and a crash helmet.
A witness said Freddie was going ‘flat out’ before ‘an almighty bang’[/caption]
The near-fatal crash in 2006 when Richard Hammond lost control of a jet car while filming for Top Gear[/caption]
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A BBC spokesman said: “The health and safety of our presenters and crew is paramount. As viewers will know, Freddie is often keen to get ‘off the beaten track’. But he suffered no injuries as a result of his spontaneous detour.”
Hammond was left in a coma for two weeks in 2006 after crashing a jet-propelled car at the same racetrack.
Its right tyre blew as he tried to set a speed record at 288mph at the RAF base near York.
He was airlifted to hospital in Leeds and the dad-of-two later revealed he experienced depression, paranoia and memory loss due to brain damage suffered.
The current presenters of Top Gear – Flintoff, Paddy McGuiness and Chris Harris[/caption]
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