Britain's fastest speeder in a car is facing jail after admitting clocking up 172mph while taking a new Porsche 911 for a spin. Timothy Brady, 33, was spotted driving more than 100mph over the limit on a dual carriageway in the £93,000 sports roadster.
He was on a 70mph section of the A420 in Oxfordshire, parts of which are notorious for accidents, in the 3.6-litre vehicle belonging to the courtesy car firm where he worked as a delivery driver.
He hit the hair-raising speed at 2pm on a Saturday in January and was seen by a policeman who was clocking cars from a bridge over the A420 at Kingston Bagpuize. Four miles further on he was pulled over when police blocked the road with a car.
One officer is said to have told him: "Any faster and you'd have taken off." A friend said later: "Tim is a total petrolhead who lives for TV programmes like Top Gear.
"Tim says he was doing 180mph at his fastest. His bosses were not very happy."
A Thames Valley Police source is also said to have commented: "One of the lads asked if Richard Hammond was at the wheel."
At Oxford Crown Court, Brady looked sheepish and spoke nervously to confirm only his name and admit the charge of dangerous driving. He was warned that his joyride is likely to result in a jail term.
The court heard how Brady, from Harrow, North-West London, had taken the Porsche from Helphire in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. However, he denied a charge of aggravated vehicle taking relating to taking the car from his workplace. The plea was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.