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Wednesday, 5 July, 2000, 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK
UK land speed record broken
Split Second
Split Second beat the existing record by 3mph
A pilot has broken the British land speed record after reaching 272mph in a jet-powered car.

Mark Newby, 42, of Kent, powered his way into the record books in the car - named Split Second - at Elvington airfield, near York.

He broke the previous record by just 3mph, averaging 272.31mph over two timed quarter-mile stretches.

Mr Newby made several record attempts on Wednesday morning in the car, which is powered by a Rolls-Royce engine and capable of travelling from 0 to 300mph in around six seconds.

He will attempt to go faster still and break his own record as will colleague Colin Fallows.

Once Mr Newby's attempts are finished Mr Fallows, whose engineering company Primetime owns the car, will attempt to break the new record in a different car named Viper.

Split Second
Split Second guzzles 7-10 gallons of fuel every mile
Last year on the same two-mile track Mr Fallows, 50, from Northamptonshire, broke the British land speed record held by Richard Noble for 18 years.

Steve Noble, a spokesman for Primetime, said: "We are very pleased with the result. It proves the guys are capable of breaking the record and we think they are capable of better yet.

"We hope to go over 300mph at some time today."

Speaking shortly after breaking the British record, Mr Newby said: "It's great. I just wish we could get a bit more air into the engine and that way the car would go even faster.

"This is a new car and there is no question that it's capable of doing over 300mph.

"We'll see what we can do over lunchtime to see if we can go even faster.

"If Colin goes out this afternoon and beats my speed then I will have the record for holding the land speed record for the shortest amount of time.

"But make no mistake this isn't an individual thing, it's a team event.

"It was important that today we went out and beat the record for the team as well as all the different sponsors."

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