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Freddie Flintoff's lucky escape on same track Richard Hammond had near fatal smash

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a group of people riding on the back of a truck: He wasn't hurt in the incident © STEVE MCDONALD He wasn't hurt in the incident

Freddie Flintoff has insisted he's "absolutely fine" after careering off the same track where Richard Hammond had a near fatal smash.

The Top Gear presenter, 41, veered off the runway as he drove a super fast trike in a stunt for the BBC motoring show.

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Crew medics rushed over to the scene and an ambulance, which is always on standby during filming, was driven over.

Fortunately, the cricket legend and TV presenter escaped injury, however he has admitted he 'went too far.'

An onlooker said: “Freddie jumped up, dusted himself down and wondered what everyone was fussing about.

a group of people standing around a motorcycle: Freddie insisted he's © STEVE MCDONALD Freddie insisted he's

"There wasn’t a scratch on him. Freddie basically ran out of runway before coasting to a stop on the grass.”

And Freddie told the Mirror: "I’m absolutely fine and was back filming today.

a group of people standing on top of a car: The cricket ace was filming scenes for BBC Top Gear when the incident happened © STEVE MCDONALD The cricket ace was filming scenes for BBC Top Gear when the incident happened "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 incident comes months after Freddie crashed his car into a Mansfield market stall during high-speed racing for the motoring show.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a dirt road: He admitted he © STEVE MCDONALD He admitted he

Yesterday, a Top Gear spokesman said: “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’.

a man sitting on a motorcycle in a field: Freddie had been driving a Time Bandit Trike © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Freddie had been driving a Time Bandit Trike "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.”

Freddie has been filming with co-stars Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris. He was today spotted shooting scenes with The Stig in Grimsby in a brand new £120k Aston Martin.

Meanwhile, the dad-of-three had been driving a “Time Bandit Trike” during the incident on Tuesday.

a couple of people that are standing in the grass: Freddie was filming with co-stars Paddy and Chris when the incident unfolded © PA Freddie was filming with co-stars Paddy and Chris when the incident unfolded

The BBC camera crew had taken over the airfield near York all that day and Freddie had earlier taken to the track in an Aston Martin Vantage, and Yamaha 350cc.

Paddy had been driving a Ferrari Portofino, and Chris a Porsche Carrera.

a person riding a bike down a dirt road: Richard Hammond crashed his car on the track in 2006 © BBC Richard Hammond crashed his car on the track in 2006 Competitors were using the runway as well as part of a Straightliners racing event, attended by motorcycle racer, Guy Martin.

The track is also where former Top Gear presenter Hammond dodged death when he crashed a jet-powered Vampire dragster vehicle in September 2006, while travelling at 288 mph.

Its right tyre blew as he tried to set a speed record.

Hammond suffered serious injuries and was in and out of consciousness before being cut free.

a small child lying in a grassy field: He suffered serious injuries and was put into a coma © PA He suffered serious injuries and was put into a coma The 49-year-old, who now presents The Grand Tour with Jeremy Clarkson and James May, spent five weeks in hospital, two of which he was in a severe coma.

Afterwards he suffered from post-traumatic amnesia and a memory loss.

He went on to describe how he had "flatlined" and had a 50/50 chance of surviving.

Richard Hammond sitting in a chair: Richard Hammond spent time in a wheelchair after his horror smash © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Richard Hammond spent time in a wheelchair after his horror smash He did not know what went wrong but had suddenly found himself "upside down and inhaling a field".

He also admitted earlier this year that his brain injury was so bad he didn't even recognise his own wife.

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