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Racer claimed he was speeding to dry off car

Austrian driver Erik R., 20, told police he was doing 110 mph in a 60 mph zone because he had just put his car through a car wash at Roppen, a village in Tyrol – and he wanted to drive fast to dry it out so that the water droplets did not leave marks on the paintwork.

He told police: "I know that you can get the car wash to dry for you, but I find it works much better to take the car for a spin down the motorway."

The excuse however failed to impress police who confiscated his driving licence and filed a report with prosecutors for speeding.

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