Two Angus drivers sped along the A90 at dangerous speeds in a “moment of madness” before traffic police pursued them, a court heard.
Callum Rennie from Kirriemuir and John Welsh of Forfar were picked up driving at 115mph by roadside officers with a laser gun last year.
The pair appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court and pled guilty to dangerous driving along the dual carriageway near Muiryfaulds Garage on August 6.
Solicitors said Rennie, 22, and 47-year-old Welsh were not known to each other before the incident, in which the officers saw the former’s black Volkswagen Polo and Welsh’s Vauxhall VX 220 “keeping pace” on the northbound road.
Depute fiscal Bill Kermode said: “At 4.55pm constables were carrying out routine speed detection duties.
“They had a clear view of traffic travelling north, using a handheld laser.
“They heard a vehicle that sounded like it was travelling well in excess of the 70mph speed limit.
“They saw a black Volkswagen Polo in lane two, closely followed by a Vauxhall.
“There was a significant amount of surface water spraying up.”
The police followed on for two miles and the accused pulled over after the Lochlands junction to Forfar.
Rennie admitted the offence at that point, telling officers he was “only going that fast because that guy was right behind me and there was no other vehicle in front.”
Welsh’s solicitor John Hall said: “My client simply stated it was a moment of madness.”
Rennie’s defence agent Billy Rennie said his client, a part-time caddy at Kirriemuir Golf Club, is due to fly to Singapore in February to work for professional players in Malaysia and Australia.
Sheriff Pino Di Emidio deferred sentence on both men for reports.
He said: “I think the speed is such that it’s to be treated seriously.”
Welsh will appear again on February 16 while Rennie’s sentence was deferred for longer, March 9, due to his work commitments.
Both were disqualified from driving in the interim.
Rennie, of Cortachy Drive, admitted driving a car dangerously and at excessive speed for the road and road conditions on the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen road on August 6 last year, contrary to Section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Welsh, Backmuir of Lownie, admitted a charge under the same section of legislation.