Manx Police launch investigation into Guy Martin’s ’22 minute lap’

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The Isle of Man Police have confirmed that they have opened an investigation after TT racer Guy Martin claimed in a newspaper article that he completed a lap of the TT course at an average speed of over 100mph.

Writing for the Sunday Times’ motoring supplement, Martin says that during a recent trip to the Island testing the new Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition, he lapped the 37.73 mile course in twenty-two minutes in the £200,000 supercar.

In the article published two weeks ago, Martin said: “I was revving with excitement. I hadn’t been trying to set a time; I’d just wanted to see what the car would do on a road I knew well and it was something like a 22-minute lap. (The rally driver Mark Higgins holds the official car record of 19 minutes and 26 seconds in a Subaru BRZ).”

Claiming in the article that he ‘saw 180mph down Sulby Straight,’ an ultra fast section of the course with a 30mph speed limit, the Manx police have now opened an investigation into his claims.

The article has already created a furore of attention on the Isle of Man, with many residents hitting out at the TT star’s claims as reckless and dangerous.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer