April 2, 2010 / 2:34 PM / in 7 years

Turkish singer sets blind speed record in Ferrari

<p>Metin Senturk holds his certificate as he celebrates with his driving coach Volkan Isik (L) at the Sanliurfa GAP airport in Sanliurfa, southeastern Turkey, April 2, 2010.Murad Sezer</p>

URFA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish pop-singer Metin Senturk became the world's fastest unaccompanied blind driver on Friday and said he felt he had danced with death.

Senturk wept as he emerged from a Ferrari F430 at Urfa airport in eastern Turkey to learn from Guinness World Records officials his average speed of 292.89 kph broke the previous record of 284 kph, held by a British bank manager.

"I don't think there are any words to describe this feeling. I am really happy. It was really hard, like a dance with death," said Senturk, who has been blind since the age of three.

Following Senturk in a separate vehicle was former rally driver Volkan Isik, who guided the blind man by radio.

Reporting by Emin Caliskan; Writing by Alexandra Hudson

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