Andrew Flintoff survives 124mph Top Gear crash on same race track where Richard Hammond nearly died

Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff had been racing alongside fellow Top Gear hosts Chris Harris and Paddy McGuiness when he veered off a runway in York at 124mph
Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff had been racing alongside fellow Top Gear hosts Chris Harris and Paddy McGuiness when he veered off a runway in York at 124mph

Ex-England cricket star Andrew Flintoff said he is 'absolutely fine' after surviving a 124mph crash whilst filming Top Gear.


The Top Gear host, from Preston, crashed whilst racing against hosts Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris in a three-wheel cycle-car.

The incident happened on the same track where Richard Hammond had a near-fatal accident in 2006.

Flintoff, 41, had reportedly reached speeds of up to 124mph when he veered off the runway at Elvington Airfield, near York.

Medics rushed over to the former England cricketer, but the sportsman had escaped unscathed, according to the Mirror.

Flintoff told the paper: "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".

He did not need medication attention and resumed filming the following day.

A Top Gear spokesman said the safety of the show's presenters is top priority.

Flintoff hosts Top Gear alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris.

The trio have been well-received by fans of the show, which had experienced a frequently changing line-up since the departures of Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May in 2015.

Hammond infamously experienced a near-fatal accident at the airfield near York where Flintoff was filming.

Hammond was at the wheel of a jet-powered Vampire dragster in September 2006 when it crashed while travelling at 288mph.