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Paddy McGuiness and Chris Harris were left ‘banged up’ with several injuries during filming in Thailand for series 33 of Top Gear

The presenters attempted Formula Hmong, which is basically hurtling down the side of a very steep hill in wooden go-karts – an event which doesn’t place health and safety very high on the agenda.

In an interview with MailOnline, Paddy, 49, revealed he was left ‘bruised up’, while Chris dislocated his finger and was forced to have an operation on it. 

Dangerous: Paddy McGuiness (right) and Chris Harris (left) were left 'banged up' with several injuries during filming in Thailand for series 33 of Top Gear

Dangerous: Paddy McGuiness (right) and Chris Harris (left) were left 'banged up' with several injuries during filming in Thailand for series 33 of Top Gear

Dangerous: Paddy McGuiness (right) and Chris Harris (left) were left ‘banged up’ with several injuries during filming in Thailand for series 33 of Top Gear

When asked if anyone had been involved in any serious crashes during filming for the new series, former international cricketer player Freddie Flintoff prompted Paddy to explain his incident on the go-karts in Thailand. 

Paddy revealed: ‘Me and Chris got pretty banged up on them. Even now Chris’ finger is still slightly dislocated after he had an operation on it. So yeah that was a little bit of a bruise up. 

‘Because we were quite remote there was no where you could go and have a nice bath, could have done with some redox but there was none of that. You just have to get on with it.’

Paddy and Freddie have both previously suffered nasty escapes after high speed crashes – Paddy in a Lamborghini and Freddie in a jet trike during filming. 

Challenge: The presenters attempted Formula Hmong, which is basically hurtling down the side of a very steep hill in wooden go-karts - an event which doesn’t place health and safety very high on the agenda

Challenge: The presenters attempted Formula Hmong, which is basically hurtling down the side of a very steep hill in wooden go-karts - an event which doesn’t place health and safety very high on the agenda

Challenge: The presenters attempted Formula Hmong, which is basically hurtling down the side of a very steep hill in wooden go-karts – an event which doesn’t place health and safety very high on the agenda

Injury: In the trailer, Paddy and Chris could be seen speeding on the go-karts before one of them comes flying off and into the side hay bales

Injury: In the trailer, Paddy and Chris could be seen speeding on the go-karts before one of them comes flying off and into the side hay bales

Injury: In the trailer, Paddy and Chris could be seen speeding on the go-karts before one of them comes flying off and into the side hay bales

In the trailer, Paddy and Chris could be seen speeding on the go-karts before one of them comes flying off and into the side hay bales. 

After being pushed to their limits, an exhausted Paddy was heard saying: ‘going to find a little spot to go lie down and have a cry.’

When asked if they enjoy the thrill-seeking activities or feel anxious doing them, Freddie said: ‘I think a bit of both. If you look at some of the stuff we do and think about it too much you wouldn’t do it. I just get on with it and see what happens, I like being out of my comfort zone but it’s one bit of the show I really enjoy to be honest.’

Paddy, who was in agreement, explained: ‘I think a lot of the stuff, right from series one till now, the worry and the fear about certain things comes from when you watch it because you can’t believe you’ve done it. 

‘In series one we were driving on some roads in Naples on the side of the mountains and some of these roads are a mile high and you’re doing it, driving, pushing through but when I saw that episode back I couldn’t believe the drop at the side of us, it turns your stomach when you look at it.’

Meanwhile, Freddie was left gutted after being forced to miss most of the Thailand due to testing positive for Covid-19. 

He told MailOnline: ‘We went to Thailand, but I spent all of it in a hotel room, so what could have been a highlight I ended up getting Covid and being the friends they are they just left me.’

However, Freddie didn’t completely miss out because the thrill-seeking presenter was instead entered into an F1 Stock Car race.

Travelling: In an interview with MailOnline, Paddy, 49, revealed he was left 'bruised up', while Chris dislocated his finger and was forced to have an operation on it

Travelling: In an interview with MailOnline, Paddy, 49, revealed he was left 'bruised up', while Chris dislocated his finger and was forced to have an operation on it

Travelling: In an interview with MailOnline, Paddy, 49, revealed he was left ‘bruised up’, while Chris dislocated his finger and was forced to have an operation on it

Top Gear welcomed Freddie, Paddy and Chris as a presenting trio back in 2019 – with journalist Chris initially joining the show in 2016, while Paddy and Freddie were added to the line-up in 2019 following Rory Reid, Matt LeBlanc and Eddie Jordan’s departure.

When asked about the relationship between the trio, Paddy jokingly said: ‘We all hate each other!’ before explaining: ‘We’re not meeting up with each other’s families at the weekend because we are sick of the sight of each other but we get on very well.

‘We keep in touch when we’re not filming, we might see each other at the odd events but when we are together we genuinely do get along and we know when to give each other a bit of space. 

‘If someone’s having a quieter day you leave them be but if we are up for a laugh we’ll have a laugh. But yeah it’s the micky taking for me, if you can do that then you’re in a good place.’

Missed out: Meanwhile, Freddie was left gutted after being forced to miss most of the Thailand due to testing positive for Covid-19

Missed out: Meanwhile, Freddie was left gutted after being forced to miss most of the Thailand due to testing positive for Covid-19

Missed out: Meanwhile, Freddie was left gutted after being forced to miss most of the Thailand due to testing positive for Covid-19

The presenters often spend long periods of time away from their family while filming for Top Gear, with Paddy revealing they have already started shooting the next series before this one has aired.  

Paddy, who shares three children with estranged wife Christine, explained: ‘You have the good points as well, no one wants to be away from their kids when working but it’s half term at the minute and I’ve just had a new Tesla dropped off outside to test out for a week and I spent the morning sitting in the Tesla singing karaoke and playing games on the computer screen.’

While Freddie, who shares four children with wife Rachael Wools, said: ‘Yeah it can be tough. Having said that though ever since I can remember I’ve travelled you know with cricket so in a strange way I see more of them that what I used to. 

‘You get a chance to go away to these amazing places sometimes you feel guilty off driving these cars when your family are at home but yeah I don’t travel as much now which is even better so I think the balance for me is spot on.’

Dream team: Top Gear welcomed Freddie, Paddy and Chris as a presenting trio back in 2019

Dream team: Top Gear welcomed Freddie, Paddy and Chris as a presenting trio back in 2019

Dream team: Top Gear welcomed Freddie, Paddy and Chris as a presenting trio back in 2019

One of the trio’s highlights from this series was giving two young drivers and two young mechanics the chance to live their dream. 

Thousands applied to be on the show, with four being chosen and given just eight weeks to train and be ready for a race in the prestigious GT Cup at Donington, driving a McLaren.  

Paddy, who was able to call in some help from F1 ace, Lando Norris, said about the incredible opportunity: ‘We’ve done an episode where we took young drivers and young mechanics, who wouldn’t have the chance to get into motorsport because of finances, but we set up a little Top Gear team for these youngers and that was a really lovely thing to be a part of.

‘Just to see how much they’ve grown and enjoyed these experiences and would never have had a chance to do it. So that’s a bit of a highlight for me.’

From Supercars in Germany to Microcars in Paris, Top Gear returns to BBC One for another action-packed series on Sunday October 30.

Fun: Freddie admitted his highlight was driving around Paris in microcars, claiming it was 'a real treat'

Fun: Freddie admitted his highlight was driving around Paris in microcars, claiming it was 'a real treat'

Fun: Freddie admitted his highlight was driving around Paris in microcars, claiming it was ‘a real treat’

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk

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