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David Coulthard's 170mph treat for Belfast as Red Bull RB6 is launched

An estimated 18,000 people lined the streets of Belfast on Saturday night to watch flying Scotsman David Coulthard burn up the city centre in his Formula One car.

It might not be Monaco, but that didn’t stop the F1 star from driving at 170mph through the red lights outside city hall.

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It’s not normally a stretch of road motorists can get past 30mph on, but Coulthard was given special clearance for the show.

Thirteen-time Grand Prix race winner Coulthard streaked from the starting point of the Black Man statue to the law courts finishing line.

He also performed ‘doughnut’ spins for thousands of spectators who gathered to watch him shatter the speed limit.

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Coulthard said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit Belfast and bring Formula One a bit closer to the people of the city.

"These cars are not designed to go on the streets. It’s a little bit bumpy, but that’s to be expected as its usually used for buses and traffic.

“But there’s a nice turn-out of people, so we’ll give it a shot.”

The 13-time Grand Prix victor put the Red Bull car through its paces for an unforgettable display of speed, power and control.

“There’s an amazing atmosphere out here,” Coulthard said later.

“This is the first time we’ve done a night run in a city and to come to the city of Belfast with its great tradition of motorsports has been really enjoyable for me. The enthusiasm of the people was just unbelievable.”

The sun shone on Belfast all day as Formula One fans came to see the garage and the team of 10 Red Bull Racing technicians who travel the world.

Belfast Lord Mayor Naomi Long said it was “truly an unforgettable evening”.

On Saturday afternoon Coulthard visited Stormont, where he met with Assembly Members including Minister for Finance Sammy Wilson and Barry McElduff, Chair of the NI Assembly Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee.

Belfast was one of only two cities worldwide hosting the Red Bull City Limits challenge. The city and Caracas in Venezuela were chosen for the international launch of Red Bull’s new Formula One car, the RB6.

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