GamesRadar breaks Guinness World Record at Sega Rally

The Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition goes on sale today in the UK. It's a fascinating book, but sadly it's a bit out of date already. Well, maybe in one instance - we've just broken the World Record on one of the best racing games ever made: Sega Rally Championship on the Sega Saturn.

The previous record (2'30"80) for a 3-lap run on the Desert course stood since 2002 and was held by Christiano T Assumpcao from Brazil (printed in the book). But, despite our pretty crappy first run of 2'33"21, we figured we were in with a shout. Three days of practise later, we finally achieved a 2'30"73. And yes, it was very, very difficult.

Above: The moment we crossed the line and broke the world record

And because a screenshot isn't proof alone, here's the in-car actual run as it happened, with cutaway footage from the replay.

Our run was witnessed by several people outside the GR team, including the editor of Gamesmaster magazine. And, after sending the unedited in-car video and our witness statements to the Guinness World Records, we got this:


If anyone out there has a Saturn still and fancies a pop, it's probably possible to beat this time. We did drop a tenth of a second or so on the penultimate corner, getting far too close to the wall for comfort in the chicane (at the time we thought we'd hit it). And we also only used a standard Saturn pad - a steering wheel would probably yield smoother cornering and therefore better times.

Of course there are also records for newer games. And you can propose your own records too - so if you reckon you can do the first level of Gears of War 2 faster than anyone else, why not try applying? Or maybe we could get Mikel to go for most successive knife kills in Killzone 2...

The book is on sale now, RRP £15. It's available from Amazon now.

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  • primorac - May 24, 2012 5:33 a.m.

    Hi guys, i think we have beated this record (is this still the w. record?) here the video: Hope you like it :)
  • GR_JustinTowell - December 18, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    Very nice! Why don't you arrange to do it in front of an adjudicator? Replays don't count, unfortunately - they have to see you actually do it, or have footage of you actually doing it with witness statements from two prominent figures in your chosen field. But if you can do it again under those conditions, then yes, you would get a GWR certificate with that time. Keep us posted! :)
  • philip.chan - February 15, 2009 2:57 p.m.

    Congratulations Gamesradar, i am glad that you broke a guiness world record on the 29th JAN, because that is my birthday! Now i have something to be proud of!!
  • CoD_22 - February 8, 2009 4 p.m.

    not another pop at killzone 2! Recaptcha: uncommonFlanders -?!
  • FierceDeity - February 5, 2009 9:08 a.m.

    nice one also i thought you were all yanks
  • iKOemos - February 5, 2009 3:26 a.m.

    Way to go guys. Heres to more records with your name on it.!
  • someformofmike - February 5, 2009 12:43 a.m.

    I can only imagine the reaction when you finally did it! awesome achievement, was completing this like your Everest?
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - February 4, 2009 9:59 p.m.

    Congrats Justin, not an easy feat.
  • Gahmah - February 4, 2009 9:14 p.m.

    What about Gabriel Knight speed runs?
  • ELpork - February 4, 2009 7:14 p.m.

  • wrapdump - February 5, 2009 6:29 p.m.

    Not that it's of any interest to anyone but I've already set a time faster than this.
  • Thequestion 121 - February 5, 2009 3:23 p.m.

    That was amazing.
  • GodlikeApe - February 4, 2009 11:33 p.m.

    Well done! I never figured out what the Gamers Edition would hold within it's leathery bounds but it seems so obvious now. *Duhh*
  • georgeguy - February 4, 2009 11:26 p.m.

    congrates! on the record
  • cgrush - February 4, 2009 11:16 p.m.

  • Samael - February 4, 2009 7:27 p.m.

    Gratz guys. I bet Christiano's crying in a corner right now.
  • Corsair89 - February 4, 2009 6 p.m.

    Congrats! Very nice racing.
  • MacGyver1138 - February 4, 2009 5:58 p.m.

    Wow. That is impressive. I've always thought it would be cool to hold some gaming world record. Also, this reminded me of the documentary King of Kong. So are you the Billy Mitchell or the Steve Weibe of the story?
  • Chicago - February 4, 2009 5:45 p.m.

    First! Nice Vid guys