A REMARKABLE disabled motorsport marshal has broken a new world record at Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Steve Tarrant, 53, from Poole, has drive a TGA mobility scooter the furthest distance ever in 24 hours, finishing with celebrations on Sunday evening.
He achieved a distance of 190.2 miles by driving through the night and completed 1,800 laps of a 167m circuit – only stopping for battery changes.
“Firstly, I would to thank TGA Mobility and Sales Science for all their outstanding engineering support; Goodwood Motor Circuit and Lord March for hosting the event; and all my dedicated pit crew,” said Steve.
“I am also gratefully appreciative of all the donations that have been received for my designated charity during the challenge – Macmillan Cancer Support.
“The past 24 hours have been truly unforgettable for me and ever though it was gruelling at times, I never had any doubts that I would achieve this new world record.”
Steve said the comfort of the Breeze scooter was ‘impeccable’, and after driving over a bed of nails before the start, he said the puncture sealant he was testing was ‘absolutely unbelievable’.
“To have driven over a bed of nails before the start and not experienced any loss of tyre pressure in 24 hours, proves how outstanding the TGA puncture sealant system by Sales Science is on many levels.”
Daniel Stone, managing director of TGA, said: “On behalf of TGA, I would like to thoroughly congratulate Steve on this monumental achievement. Once again Steve has demonstrated steely guts and determination while highlighting the market-leading reliability and durability of our Breeze S4 mobility scooter.”
The challenge was Steve’s second attempt, but now he said he was ‘done with this world record’.
“In the words of Steve Redgrave after winning his fourth rowing Olympic gold medal, ‘If you ever catch me near one of these again, shoot me’ – only joking!”
Steve said he would now be focusing on talking and educating on the topic of motorsport and disability, while planning a new world record attempt in 2015 – John O’Groats to Land’s End in the shortest time ever.