This was the moment two Leeds drivers raced each other at 144mph on a public road – hours after they met at a go-karting track.
Daniel Richardson, 21, and James Burrows, 26, were caught in their high-powered sports cars by a mobile speed camera after go-karting in Middlesbrough, a court heard.
CCTV footage showed Richardson, of Dewsbury Road, Beeston, travelling in his Ford Focus RS on the A19 near Crathorne, North Yorkshire, on November 30 last year.
He had two passengers with him and was tailed by Burrows, of Burnleys Mews, Methley, who had one passenger in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.
Northallerton magistrates heard yesterday how the road, which was busy at the time of the midday incident,was often used by slow-moving agricultural vehicles.
The pair admitted dangerous driving. Both were given four-month jail terms, suspended for 18 months, and 300-hour community orders and were banned from driving for three years. They were fined £85 and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.
Magistrate John Bacon said: “I have never seen speeds of 144mph, and especially on a dual carriageway on a Saturday lunchtime driving in convoy – showing off. The first and presiding risk was that there were five people in those cars.”
He added: “It has been described as excessive speed. I would describe it as adolescent, selfish and dangerous.”
North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera manager, Dave Brown, said: “Today’s sentence sends a clear message as to how seriously the criminal justice system takes such appalling driving.
“The evidence captured by the safety camera shows both vehicles travelling in close proximity at extremely high speed. Any error, no matter how minor, could have been catastrophic for the two drivers, their passengers and other road users.
“The safety camera operator at the time, was utterly astounded by the speed of the vehicles.
“Members of the public should be allowed to use the roads in safety and should not be put at risk by other, irresponsible and dangerous drivers. I hope our communities can see the value of the safety camera vans when cases such as these are detected and prosecuted.
“Our mobile safety cameras are there to help keep the roads safe for all road users and we urge motorists to bear this in mind, drive at appropriate speeds and within the speed limit and do not, under any circumstances use the roads as a racetrack.”