A driver has been spared jail over a 100mph road race against a pal.
George Waters' Renault motor was spotted by police being driven in competition against a speeding Saab along the A19 and A1.
A judge at Newcastle Crown Court said it was "simply good fortune" the late night dangerous driving last November did not result in anyone being hurt or killed.
Waters. 20, of Rowan Avenue, Washington, admitted dangerous driving.
Judge Paul Sloan QC told him: "This was a serious matter. It was a prolonged episode of dangerous driving, involving racing and travelling at excessive speed.
"You were observed travelling at grossly excesive speed, 90mph in a 50mph zone, including through an area of roadworks, and 100mph in a 70mph zone.
"There was some undertaking, wheelspins away from lights, driving the wrong way around a roundabout and travelling far too close to other vehicles at high speed.
"It was simply good fortune there was not some incident, a crash, which could have resulted in very serious, if not fatal injuries to someone."
The judge said Waters' 10 week prison sentence could be suspended for 12 months because of his good character and guilty plea.
Waters must carry out 120 hours unpaid work and complete an extended driving test after a 12 month road ban.
Glen Gatland, defending, said Waters has been unable to drive for the last six to eight months as no firm would insure him as a result of what happened.
Mr Gatland said Waters comes from a good and supportive family and he is keen to prove he can lead a law abiding life in future.
The man Waters was racing against has been through the court system separately.