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.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer