Racer has a ball setting weird World Record

Pro golfer Jake Shepherd hits a flying ball for race star David Coulthard to catch in a luxury Mercedes-Benz Roadster. Photo / Supplied
Pro golfer Jake Shepherd hits a flying ball for race star David Coulthard to catch in a luxury Mercedes-Benz Roadster. Photo / Supplied

Former F1 star and DTM driver David Coulthard took on a strange world record attempt yesterday - catching a flying golf ball in a high-end Mercedes-Benz sportscar.

Coulthard, along with pro golfer Jake Shepherd, set a new Guinness World Record at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, UK, when he caught the ball in a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster's cockpit.

He was travelling at 193km/h in the hugely expensive roadster, the ball was travelling at an impressive 286km/h, and it was caught 275 metres from the 'tee'.

The somewhat bizarre exercise was being filmed for a video that Mercedes will release in July.

"This world record attempt is definitely one of the most unusual things I've ever been asked to do with a car," Coulthard said.

"Jake Shepherd was great to work with and the performance of the SLS AMG Roadster made driving to catch a mid-air golf ball even more exciting. I am honoured to have received the Guinness World Record for the furthest golf shot caught in a car."

- NZ HERALD STAFF

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