A blind father of two has claimed a new world land speed record by reaching 167.32mph in a specially-made BMW M5.

Mike Newman, 43, from Sale, Cheshire, was hoping to become the first blind person to break the 200mph barrier.

But he ran out of room on the track at Elvington Airfield, near York, and had to settle for breaking his previous record of 144mph.

He said: "Hopefully I have raised awareness ahead of World Sight Day and shown that you can achieve anything you want."