Speed record success at Bentwaters

AN EXTREME sportsman has become a world record holder with a breathtaking display of speed.Street luge expert Joel King smashed a long-standing high-speed record at the former Bentwaters air base, near Woodbridge.

AN EXTREME sportsman has become a world record holder with a breathtaking display of speed.

Street luge expert Joel King smashed a long-standing high-speed record at the former Bentwaters air base, near Woodbridge.

He used a board powered by a jet engine to reach a speed of 110mph, which comfortably beat the previous record of 98.5mph.

Lying flat on the powered board, Mr King, 27, of Bognor Regis was just a few inches off the ground throughout the bid.

He said afterwards: “It was absolutely amazing and the sensation of speed was awesome. I was buffeted by the wind, the tarmac was flying past and there was grit in the visor.

“It was nerve wracking. I was completely pushing the boundaries and I have been so focused on this for the last few months.”

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