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Discover the real-life Kessel Runs that will never be beaten

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With the galaxy's greatest rogue pilot set to show how he smashed the Kessel Run in Solo: A Star Wars Story, we got to thinking about some real-life records that are unlikely to ever be defeated.

Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, a fictional feat which will never be beaten. With the pilot’s history, Solo: A Star Wars Story, about to be released on the big screen, we decided to search out the motorsports equivalent.
So what are the legendary or near-impossible motorsports records that are likely to stand the test of time?
Sebastien Loeb smashes Pikes Peak record
Sebastien Loeb smashes Pikes Peak record

Record breaker

The record

Back in 2013, the nine-time WRC champ, set a new record at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb course in Colorado, USA, driving a Peugeot 208 T16. It was the French driver’s debut at the event and he smashed the previous record by more than a minute and a half.

Why it will never be beaten

Just as Solo claimed his flight through the infamous smugglers’ route would never be beaten, Loeb’s Race To The Clouds climb is also likely to remain a one-hit wonder. In 2016, Loeb told Red Bull the circumstances had been right and he had everything in place with Peugeot to do it professionally. 
“We gave it everything, and I’m not sure we could do that again," he said. "And to be honest, it was even a little bit dangerous. So it was a fantastic experience and I was very happy to set the record, but I have no plans to go back again soon.”

Record breaker

The record

The 36-year-old Australian welcomed 2009 by hopping 120 feet up on to the top of the replica Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas and came down the other side as part of the Red Bull: New Year. No Limits event.

Why it will never be beaten

The force of the impact on landing meant that Maddison lacerated his left hand and narrowly avoided a crash. On finishing he said he had “cheated death again” and pushed the limits. A challenge which is yet to be repeated.
Max Verstappen's first F1 victory Spanish GP 2016
Max Verstappen's first F1 victory Spanish GP 2016

Record breaker

Max Verstappen, Formula One

The record

The Dutchman became the youngest winner of a Formula One race at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, in 2016, aged 18 years and 228 days. It was also his debut grand prix for Red Bull Racing.

Why it will never be beaten

Verstappen smashed the previous record set by Sebastian Vettel by two and a half years. Not only that, concerns over Verstappen’s age when he made his F1 debut aged just 17 saw the FIA change the rules so that drivers had to be 18 before they could compete. As such, time would not be on a potential record taker’s side.
Giacomo Agostini
Giacomo Agostini

Record breaker

Giacomo Agostini, MotoGP

The record

Italian Agostini won ten consecutive MotoGP races in 1968, 1969 and 1970.

Why it will never be beaten

Despite attempts to blow Agostini’s record out of the water, almost 50 years on it has only ever been equalled by Mick Doohan in 1997 and Marc Márquez in 2014, never beaten.

Record breaker

Ricky Carmichael, MX

The record

In 2006, Carmichael lapped every single rider on the track at the Spring Creek national on his way to victory.

Why it will never be beaten

He isn’t known as The GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) for no reason. In the 11 years he competed professionally, he was the most dominant rider in AMA Motocross, earning himself 15 National Championship titles in MX and SX. A hard act for anyone to follow.
Christian Fittipaldi after his spectacular crash in Monza.
Christian Fittipaldi
Record breaker
Christian Fittipaldi, Formula One

The record

At the 1993 Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Fittipaldi managed to finish in eighth place despite clipping the rear of another car and performing a backflip.

Why it will never be beaten

The fact he landed on the track pointing in the right direction was sheer luck. It’s doubtful this kind of event will ever be seen on a F1 track again.
John Surtees won titles on two and four wheels
John Surtees won titles on two and four wheels

Record breaker

John Surtees, motorcycle road racing and Formula One

The record

Surtees was a four-time 500cc motorcycle world champion, between 1956 and 1960, before switching to four wheels and winning six world championship races and the drivers' title during an F1 career spanning more than a decade.

Why it will never be beaten

Achieving several wins in one discipline is an amazing feat, but how many people can claim to be record-breaking champions in two different types of motorsport? It's unlikely that we'll ever see it happen again.