April 2, 2010 / 2:34 PM / 9 years ago

Turkish singer sets blind speed record in Ferrari

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. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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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