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The next season of Top Gear won’t be quite the same as what came before it, especially if the show’s new presenters Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness end up doing things their way.

The BBC’s car show was in a bit of trouble after Matt LeBlanc revealed he’d be leaving the programme.

He made this announcement a year after Chris Evans stepped down as one of the show’s presenters.

Evans and LeBlanc replaced James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond who left the programme after Jeremy was fired and they subsequently went on to make The Grand Tour with Amazon.

However, it was soon revealed that former cricketer Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness would be taking over the show, joined by Chris Harris who presented the show last season with LeBlanc.

They are currently filming the new season, which will be the show’s 27th series, and it hasn’t started as smoothly as the show’s producers and presenters would have liked.

During filming on an electric car race this weekend in Mansfield’s town centre, the former cricketer was involved in a high-speed car crash.

He drove his car through the barriers and crashed into a small market stall.

Top Gear has had a history of dangerous crashes - most of them involving Hammond, who was seriously injured on multiple occasions - and thankfully, nobody was hurt during the incident.

"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," a BBC spokesperson said.

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

The mayor of Mansfield also spoke about Flintoff’s crash, and she ended up focusing on the positives of the accident.

She told the BBC: "To know this is the town where Freddie Flintoff drove into a market stall.

“We should actually name that stall after him – it's going to be such an icon."

It seems as though this seen after LeBlanc’s final series which is set to air on BBC Two later this month on Sunday, February 17.


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