Guy Martin sets new 'Wall of Death' record


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Fearless Grimsby motorbike racer Guy Martin has added another Guinness World Record to his already impressive collection after racing around the world's largest Wall of Death at 78.15mph.

In the long-anticipated challenge, the 34-year-old took to a hand-built 750cc BSA triple motorcycle to set the record, after initially lapping the 37m-diameter wall at 70.33mph on a customised Indian Scout.

Due to the size of the purpose-built wall and the incredible speed he was travelling at, Martin was subject to a high level of G-force – later confirmed to be 5.2G – which caused his field of vision to narrow and made the challenge all the more difficult.

Watched by family, friends and thousands of fans, Martin smashed the previous record, in the stunt for which he had trained for over a year. A previous attempt had been postponed after Martin broke his back during the 2015 Ulster GP.

Viewers of the live Channel 4 program were quick to congratulate the enigmatic rider, with many Twitter users hailing him as a 'legend', while the hashtag 'WallOfDeath' trended.

Speaking after completing his record attempt, the down-to-earth racer, whose day job is as a truck mechanic, commented: 'Back to work tomorrow. I've got a R620 (Scania lorry) with a headlight problem that needs sorting in the morning."