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Last Updated: Monday November 13 2006 07:24 GMT

Hammond back behind the wheel

Richard Hammond and his wife Amanda

Injured TV presenter Richard Hammond has driven a car for then first time since his high speed crash.

He suffered brain injuries after a smash in a jet powered car while he was filming for TV show Top Gear.

He had to go through two hours of tough tests to make sure he was ok to drive before being allowed to go for a spin near his home in Gloucestershire.

He told the Mirror newspaper: "As soon as I got back into the driving seat it felt like I was back where I belonged."

He took to the road in one of his sports cars, the first time he's driven since he crashed in September.

He added: "It was wonderful to be away from everything, being able to tootle around the lanes in the foothills of the Malverns in Gloucestershire on a sunny Sunday afternoon."

Doctors have told him to take things easy for now, so he'll only be doing short trips.

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