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UK rally driver, Neale Dougan, who owns a chain of car dealerships, has been banned from the road after he was caught speeding at more than 104mph (167km/h).

Dougan, who has competed in the British Rally Championship for 20 years, was banned from driving for six months yesterday.

Sheriff Michael Fletcher ignored his plea not to be disqualified because of the impact it would have on his £15 million business and 52 staff.

"This is an outrageously high speed for a single carriageway road where the limit is 60mph. It is a notoriously dangerous road," the Sheriff said.

The lawyer defending Dougan said: "He was driving back from Inverness on business. He was with a lady who advised him her child was ill and he was in a hurry to get home.

"He knows that is not an excuse. As soon as he realised it was the police he pulled over. It was an unacceptable speed and he can only apologise to the court. “

The sheriff noted that Dougan had been banned for 15 months in 2000 and disqualified him from driving for six months. He also fined him £500.

Dougan has been a regular driver on the British rally circuit for two decades and shares ownership of a racehorse with former World Champion Colin McRae.

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