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Millionaire sports car dealer, 32, banned from driving after crashing his Ferrari into a Porsche

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A millionaire supercar dealer and TV star has been banned from the roads after crashing his £180,000 convertible Ferrari into a Porsche while racing.

Carl Hartley, 32, smashed his grey Ferrari 458 Italia into a Porsche 718 Cayman GTS worth £80,000, owned by Henry James Hibbs, on a roundabout in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

The Ferrari bore the number plate C4RLS – a plate Hartley has used on a number of his own cars, including a £1m Bugatti Veyron.

Hartley, who made his fortune selling supercars to the rich and famous, following in the footsteps of his father, Tom Hartley Snr, admitted dangerous driving when at Sheffield Crown Court in November last year.

Yesterday, he was sentenced to a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months and ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work.

Hartley is worth £23million and was recently ranked 32nd in the Sunday Times, under 30 rich list.

Carl Hartley, who made his fortune selling supercars to the rich and famous, following in the footsteps of his father, Tom Hartley Snr, admitted dangerous driving when at Sheffield Crown Court in November last year

Carl Hartley, who made his fortune selling supercars to the rich and famous, following in the footsteps of his father, Tom Hartley Snr, admitted dangerous driving when at Sheffield Crown Court in November last year

Carl Hartley, who made his fortune selling supercars to the rich and famous, following in the footsteps of his father, Tom Hartley Snr, admitted dangerous driving when at Sheffield Crown Court in November last year

The Ferrari after the crash. Carl Hartley, 32, smashed his grey Ferrari 458 Italia into a Porsche 718 Cayman GTS worth £80,000, owned by Henry James Hibbs

The Ferrari after the crash. Carl Hartley, 32, smashed his grey Ferrari 458 Italia into a Porsche 718 Cayman GTS worth £80,000, owned by Henry James Hibbs

The Ferrari after the crash. Carl Hartley, 32, smashed his grey Ferrari 458 Italia into a Porsche 718 Cayman GTS worth £80,000, owned by Henry James Hibbs

The Porsche after the crash. The collision took place on a roundabout in Sheffield as the drivers raced each other just before 8pm on May 20, 2018

The Porsche after the crash. The collision took place on a roundabout in Sheffield as the drivers raced each other just before 8pm on May 20, 2018

The Porsche after the crash. The collision took place on a roundabout in Sheffield as the drivers raced each other just before 8pm on May 20, 2018

Hartley, of Swadlincote, Derbyshire, later identified himself as the driver of the Ferrari, but told police the brakes on his car had failed, which caused the crash - though police found no evidence of this

Hartley, of Swadlincote, Derbyshire, later identified himself as the driver of the Ferrari, but told police the brakes on his car had failed, which caused the crash - though police found no evidence of this

Hartley, of Swadlincote, Derbyshire, later identified himself as the driver of the Ferrari, but told police the brakes on his car had failed, which caused the crash – though police found no evidence of this

The father-of-one starred in Channel 4’s First Cut – Supercars: the Million Pound Motors.

He featured alongside his self-made multimillionaire dad, who heads the Derbyshire-based Tom Hartley luxury and performance car dealer.

Both Hartley and Hibbs initially fled the scene of the smash, which happened just before 8pm on May 20, 2018.

The crash left the Porsche without a rear wheel and its bumper in pieces on the road.

Hartley, of Swadlincote, Derbyshire, later identified himself as the driver of the Ferrari, but told police the brakes on his car had failed, which caused the crash.

However, a police investigation found no damage to the brakes.

It also identified the speed the airbags were deployed was 68mph – well above the 50mph limit of the road the cars were travelling on at the time of the crash.

Hartley admitted dangerous driving when he appeared before Sheffield Crown Court in November.

The court heard a number of witnesses told investigators the motorists’ were driving ‘dangerously’ and ‘unsafely’ prior to the smash.

An investigation identified the speed the airbags were deployed was 68mph - well above the 50mph limit of the road the cars were travelling on at the time of the crash

An investigation identified the speed the airbags were deployed was 68mph - well above the 50mph limit of the road the cars were travelling on at the time of the crash

An investigation identified the speed the airbags were deployed was 68mph – well above the 50mph limit of the road the cars were travelling on at the time of the crash

Hartley's Instagram account features images of luxury, including fleets of super cars, champagne and captions comparing his lifestyle to the Great Gatsby

Hartley's Instagram account features images of luxury, including fleets of super cars, champagne and captions comparing his lifestyle to the Great Gatsby

Hartley’s Instagram account features images of luxury, including fleets of super cars, champagne and captions comparing his lifestyle to the Great Gatsby

Both vehicles were captured on numerous CCTV footage at various locations exceeding the speed limits of the road they were on.

Yesterday, he was sentenced to a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months and ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work.

He was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended test before driving again and told to pay £1400 in costs.

Hibbs, of New Ollertson, Nottinghamshire, suffered minor injuries in the smash and pleaded not guilty at the start of the trial.

The jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to ten months in prison, suspended for 24 months and 220 hours unpaid work.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years and must take an extended test before driving again and ordered to pay £4070 costs.

Both vehicles were captured on numerous CCTV footage at various locations exceeding the speed limits of the road they were on

Both vehicles were captured on numerous CCTV footage at various locations exceeding the speed limits of the road they were on

Both vehicles were captured on numerous CCTV footage at various locations exceeding the speed limits of the road they were on

Traffic officer PC McEnery from South Yorkshire Police, who led the investigation, said: ‘Vehicles racing and travelling at speed are a dangerous combination and this collision could have seriously injured the drivers and innocent road users.

‘I hope Hibbs and Hartley reflect on what consequences their actions could have had.

‘The airbag unit from the Ferrari was shipped overseas where a professional was able to confirm at what speed the airbags in the vehicle were deployed – 68mph. The road that the cars collided on has a 50mph speed limit.

‘A collisions investigator carried out extensive tests on the car to check for damage to the braking system- no damage was found.

‘Numerous witnesses came forward, all highlighting the ‘dangerous’, ‘unsafe’ and ‘racing style’ behaviour that the drivers had been showcasing across South Yorkshire.

‘Both vehicles were captured on numerous CCTV footage at various locations.’

Hartley’s Instagram account features images of luxury, including fleets of super cars, champagne and captions comparing his lifestyle to the Great Gatsby.

One of the pictures shows him being stopped by police while driving a Bugatti, with the caption: ‘Officer: Do you know why I’ve stopped you? Me: Because I let you.’

The father-of-one, who is married to Mitzi Hartley, has appeared on the Sunday Times Rich List numerous times.

He sells prestigious cars to the rich and famous including Crystal Palace star Wilfred Zaha.

Both father and son live on a 40-acre estate in Derbyshire which is also home to lavish car showrooms.

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