Racing driver caught at 121mph in his Volkswagen Golf

A racing driver has been banned from driving after being caught doing 121mph in his Volkswagen Golf on a North Wales A-road.

Bentley Motors mechanic and MINI Challenge driver Rob Smith admitted breaking the 60mph speed limit along the A4 between Ty Nant and Dinmael, North Wales, on a Sunday morning in February.

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The Telford petrolhead of Farr Lane, Muxton, has been banned from driving for 28 days and fined £500, with £85 costs and a £50 surcharge.

He was caught by a police camera van on the A-road at 8.40am on February 14, with prosecutors highlighting a sign warning that pedestrians may be crossing 250 years further up the road.

In defence, Smith’s barrister Julian King said conditions were clear and dry, with no other vehicles about.

He asked the court to consider six penalty points – which would take him to nine – but magistrates said they had to give an immediate disqualification, despite taking into account his remorse and early guilty plea.