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Mike Newman Breaks Metin Senturk’s Record

September 25, 2013

I remember covering Metin Senturk as well.

An ex bank manager has claimed to have broken the blind land speed record by driving at an average speed of 186mph.

 

Mike Newman, from Manchester, reclaimed the record from Turkish pop singer Metin Senturk, who achieved 182mph in April 2010.

 

Mr Newman, 52, was driving at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, in Leicestershire.

 

He and his Speed of Sight team now intend to get the blind water speed record in the same year.

 

This would make Mr Newman the first blind person to hold both records simultaneously.

 

Mr Newman said he felt “ecstatic” to have broken the land record.

 

“I’ve worked hard today and I’ve enjoyed driving the car,” he said.

 

“This was challenging because the surface is very bumpy and you don’t realise how bumpy it is until you are going over it at such a speed.”

Charity work

He drove with the help of a navigator who gave information over a radio link, and he did several test runs during the day.

 

“I knew I had got it on the last one,” said Mr Newman.

 

“Everything worked right and when I was in sixth gear I knew I was going quick enough.”

 

Mr Newman, who was born blind, used to be a business manager with Barclays but now runs his Speed of Sight charity full-time.

 

He hopes to encourage disabled people to get involved in motor sport.

 

His charity has designed and built the first of ten specially adapted track cars fitted with dual controls, twin steering wheels, hand controls and a hoist to assist people in and out of the car if required.

 

Mr Newman said he hoped to “give other people the excitement I’ve enjoyed today with the cars we’re building”.

 

Experts verified the speed using a laptop linked up to satellites. The data will be sent to the Guinness Book of Records to authenticate.

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