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Smart car wins eco-friendly race

Mick Lingford
Mick Lingford said winning took a lot of concentration

A man driving a Smart car has won a race which highlights eco-friendly driving techniques.

Mick Lingford won the MPG Marathon which aims to get the best fuel consumption from a variety of vehicles over a distance of 380 miles.

He achieved 96.1 miles per gallon (mpg) which was better than the 84.6 mpg achieved by last year's winner Andrew Anderszin driving a Toyota Yaris.

The drivers in the race take two days to complete the distance.

Mr Lingford said winning took "a lot of concentration".

He said: "It's really just taking every bit attention you can towards avoiding unnecessary stops and starting and slipping into our every day habits really."

The race begun and finished at Brandon Hall, near Coventry, and took in Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

It is the seventh year that the MPG marathon has been staged and the number of miles reached per gallon has risen each year.

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