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Guy Martin says being diagnosed with Asperger’s is ‘tripe’

Guy Martin
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Motorsport racer Guy Martin has dismissed his Aspergers syndrome diagnosis as “a load of tripe.”

The 39-year-old petrol-head was speaking to the Sunday Times about his condition, but admits it might explain "the way I am".

Martin said: “It’s true I’ve been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, but I would say: ‘What a load of tripe’.

“They try to put names to it — ‘Oh, he’s like that because of this’. Everyone’s different. We’re all different."

He continued: "My girlfriend at the time persuaded me to see someone.

“I was turning her crackers, so she forced me — well, not forced me, but she said: ‘Will we go and see this psychologist?’

“Anyway, I sat there for a day, and it turned out it was a form of autism: Asperger’s.”

Reflecting on his condition Guy went on to say: “The way I look at it is that maybe having that is why I am the way I am. Maybe that is all down to the autistic side. I don’t know.

“If there are any benefits to having it, it’s that you just get your head down and get on with things. I apply that to the way I work.

“If you’ve got an awkward job at work, you just get your head down until it’s sorted.”

He added: “It’s probably what helps me with endurance racing on my mountain bike.

“I’m not quick but I’m good at getting my head down.”

Guy Martin is uncomfortable being in the public eye and Top Gear's Star In A Reasonably Priced Car segment.