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Top Gear team back on track

Top Gear team Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris

Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris have emerged from lockdown to resume filming for Top Gear’s next series.

The trio took part in an thrill-seeking electric car race around Staffordshire’s empty Alton Towers Resort.

They had to navigate a Honda e, Mini Electric and Vauxhall Corsa-e around a specially constructed Top Gear maze spanning the 550-acre theme park and found themselves hurtling by rollercoasters such as Oblivion and Nemesis.

BBC Top Gear Honde e at Alton Towers

And Paddy came up with an unusual method to ensure the trio maintained social distancing guidelines when they were not in their respective vehicles – a two-metre stick with a red boxing glove on one end.

“I’ve always dreamed of having a theme park to myself for the day although these aren’t necessarily the circumstances I’d have chosen,” said Paddy.

“Mustn’t grumble though, it’s great to get the gang back together after lockdown and we’re raring to go – two-metres apart at all times of course!”

Following the success of the first two series with the new line-up, Top Gear’s next series will be moving to BBC One and will debut on the channel later this year.

Clare Pizey, Top Gear’s Executive Producer added: “We are so pleased to be able to start filming again and a deserted theme park is a great place to start.

“If what we’ve shot so far is anything to go by, social distancing doesn’t get in the way of Paddy, Freddy and Chris having a brilliant time and causing mayhem along the way.”

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