A motorist has admitted to travelling at 172mph on a road in Oxfordshire – the fastest speeding incident of its kind recorded in Britain. 

Timothy Brady, of Harrow, North West London, achieved the speed in a Porsche 911 Turbo as he travelled along the A420 near Abingdon in January this year.

Caught by a routine police speed check, Brady admitted in Oxford Crown Court to one count of dangerous driving. He pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated vehicle taking.

Brady’s is not the only recent driving incident to attract attention. Earlier this month, the Marquess of Blandford, whose ancestral home is Blenheim Palace, appeared in Oxford Crown Court on a string of motoring charges.

In one incident, the Marquess tailgated drivers at high speed, before blocking traffic and directing a ‘tirade of abuse’ at an innocent driver. 

The Marquess pleaded guilty to criminal damage and dangerous and careless driving on two occasions, and a separate charge of dangerous driving.

Both defendants are due to be sentenced next month.