Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Freddie's Ready

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Freddie's Ready

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INCOMING Top Gear presenter Freddie Flintoff has said he feels unfazed by the pressure of joining the the long-running motoring show.

The former England and Lancashire cricketer and comedian Paddy McGuinness join Chris Harris as presenters for the new series, of which two episodes have been filmed.

Speaking at BBC Studios' Showcase event in Liverpool, Flintoff said he would channel the same competitive spirit he felt during his sporting career into making the series a success.

BBC bosses hope the new roster will boost Top Gear's ratings, which have fallen since the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Flintoff, a panellist on Sky One sports show A League Of Their Own, said he was focused only on enjoying the experience.

He said: "The thing I like is that I've always been part of a team in my previous profession. …

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