Freddie Flintoff crashes during Top Gear filming
12 February 2019 - 12:00 PM

Freddie Flintoff crashes during Top Gear filming

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Freddie Flintoff crashed his car into a market stall while filming "Top Gear" on Tuesday (11.02.19).

The former cricketer lost control of his vehicle during a high-speed race against his co-hosts Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris through Mansfield town centre.

An onlooker told the Mirror Online: "Freddie has a lot to learn when it comes to being as good as the Stig behind the wheel.

"He and Paddy have only just started filming but it looks like they are going to get into a few scrapes, just like the previous hosts."

It is believed the team were shooting a segment called Le Mansfield, a spoof on the Le Mans race, and were challenged to see how many laps they could do of the town centre in 24 minutes when the accident happened.

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Thankfully, no one was hurt and the crash didn't stop the show from filming.

A BBC studios spokesman said: "During filming in Mansfield town centre, which had been closed off to members of the public for health and safety reasons, Freddie's electric car struck an unmanned, un-stocked market stall.

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"Neither he nor anyone else was hurt and filming completed as planned."

Freddie and Paddy will appear on the show alongside Chris later in the year, in place of Matt LeBlanc, who is returning to the US, and Rory Reid, who is moving to spin-off show "Extra Gear".

And the programme's executive producer, Clare Pizey, has backed the decision to bring in the two men because they had a great "spark" - but she also admitted they had made an unsuccessful bid to find a female co-host.

She said: "We looked at finding a woman presenter. We did you look... but you have got to think there's a spark.

"They are two British guys who know one another. They live close to each other and that is going to be a shorthand in itself."

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