Retired bricklayer Greg Spencer's dreams of achieving a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records were dashed during lap 55 of the Australian Grand Prix when the horse blinkers he'd hoped would help him keep his attention on his TV screen came loose. "My gaze dropped for a moment," explained Spencer, "but that brief moment was enough and there was no going back. I'd somehow managed 54 complete laps thanks to 10 cans of Red Bull and the 1812 Overture on full volume, but then the blinkers slipped, I couldn't refocus and I knew my record attempt was over."
Spencer, who says he enjoys watching an entire boxed set of Little Britain at one sitting, had been in training for his F1 challenge for months, working his way steadily through ITV 1 highlights of last season's races. "I felt confident I was ready to watch an entire race live, but sadly on this occasion it was not to be."
Spencer is recovering in his Sydenham flat. "I may try again this season, but probably not. Actually definitely not. There's only so much tyre compound shit you can take."