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2014-05-14 07:02

24-HOUR RECORD BID: Steve Tarrant hopes to cover 321km at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in England using a TGA Breeze S4 GT mobility scooter. Image: Supplied

LONDON, England – A man who, as a track marshal, survived a collision with but was crippled by a Formula 1 car doing 160km/h is bidding for a mobility-scooter distance record.

Steve Tarrant, now 53, will on May 17 attempt at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in southern England to break the world record for distance travelled in 24 hours on a mobility scooter  .

VIDEO: Tarrant's 2012 Guinness record bid

He wants to cover at least 321km on a tarmac circuit at Goodwood as part of a fund-raising effort for a cancer support group. He will ride a TGA Breeze S4 GT scooter that can do 16km/h.

It was in 2000 when Tarrent lost a leg, the bones in his left leg shattered and he suffered internal injuries: driver John Dawson-Damer lost control of his Lotus 63 at Goodwood and crashed into the finish-line gantry. He and marshal Andrew Carpenter were killed, Tarrent was seriously injured.

‘I’M SO UP FOR THIS’

"Since surviving my horrific ordeal at Goodwood I've had a steely determination and thrive on a challenge. I am so up for this. For sure tackling a 24-hour record - from past experience - is a tall order but I'm feeling confident."

TGA will support Tarrant during the record attempt. He will ride on punctured tyres that have been injected with TGA's new tyre sealant.

Tarrant added: “It’s fantastic to have such an historic location as Goodwood to make this record attempt. The course will provide a consistent level of grip, day and night and should put me in good shape to break the record.

“In theory, 346km is the maximum distance possible on a 16km/h vehicle, so 200km is quite ambitious. Reliability permitting, I’d say I’m in good shape.”

Tarrant broke the 273km-in-24 hours record in 2012 but the effort was unratified due to a technicality. He made 278.88km lapping a speedway track on another TGA Breeze S4 scooter. s.

He has maintained his passion for motorsport by regularly donning his orange overalls at some of the world’s greatest circuits. He marshals at 30-40 motorsport events each year, among them Le Mans 24 Hours, Petit Le Mans at Atlanta and Goodwood meetings.

In addition to his motorsport exploits, Tarrant was a medal-bearing Games Maker (volunteer) at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and was presented with a Big Society Award from British prime minister David Cameron.
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