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Grapevine: Turner skydives for charity

British Touring Car racer Darren Turner raised £1500 for the 'Help for Heroes' charity this week by skydiving with parachute display team the Red Devils this week

The SEAT driver achieved a life' ambition by making a tandem jump from of a plane at 3,000 feet in the skies above Gloucestershire.

Turner said: "Doing a parachute jump has always been on my list of things I want to do, so I'm pleased I've done it and raised some money for a very good cause at the same time.

"I'm used to flying because I have a pilot's licence, so I wasn't nervous about taking off and getting up above the clouds. I was really looking forward to it, but that initial moment when you're sitting on the edge of an open plane door with your legs dangling over was pretty exciting.

"The first few seconds when you're free-falling is quite scary. I've seen the pictures of myself leaving the plane and it's smile-smile-smile-no smile-slight panic- and then back to smiling again!

"The freefall lasted about forty-five seconds and it was great, and then the bit under the parachute lasted five minutes and that was really nice and chilled out. I was surprised how many Gs we could pull."

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