Kankkunen claims ice speed record

Four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen has claimed a new world speed record for driving on ice after clocking an impressive 205.48mph in a biofuel-powered Bentley Continental Supersports convertible.

The Finn set the mark on a 70cm-thick layer of ice on the frozen Baltic Sea, battling temperatures of minus 30C and perilous blizzards and crosswinds.

He broke his own previous record of 199.83mph set in 2007 at the same site off the coast of Finland in a Continental GT. Kankkunen had an all-wheel drive, six-litre, 12-cylinder supercar this time to go past the 200mph mark.

Officials from Finland's traffic police and representatives of the Guinness Book of Records attested the speed achieved over a 1km distance and the measurement based on the average of two runs in opposite directions.

Kankkunen said afterwards: "The last time, I narrowly missed the magical 200mph mark in a Continental GT. When I heard about the Supersports I was determined to go record breaking again with the Bentley Boys.

"This time, with over 600bhp under the bonnet, a Quickshift transmission and the security of the all-wheel drive system, the Supersports convertible was the perfect car to go for the record."

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