British Olympic sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis took part in a head to head battle with a BMW.

The event was staged in The Mall leading up to Buckingham Palace, early on a bright Sunday morning in May.

Mark launched from the starting blocks repeatedly and powered down the temporary track provided by Charles Lawrence Surfaces. The athlete and car were professionally timed and their progress mapped with state of the art software.

For the record Mark convincingly beat the BMW at all distances up to 30 metres where the car started to outstrip the athlete.

Despite Mark's pressures on the day and on the lead up to the Olympics, he was kind enough to pose for a picture with the Charles Lawrence Surfaces' installers who are pictured left to right; Danny Smalley, Steve Gasson and Mark Vamplew.

We wish Mark every success in the coming weeks.