By Humphrey Carter

MAJORCA'S illegal car races are “a threat to British holiday makers” proclaimed The Times this week after the police arrested 15 people, including the alleged organiser Matias “The Humble” in connection with the races in Palma.

Over the past few days, Matias, the adopted son of the owner of one of island's largest construction companies, has appeared on local television and now he and the races could be the focus of a documentary for Sky One.

Raw Cut TV, which produces the hugely popular Road Wars and specialises in making road safety documentaries all over the world, is planning to produce a documentary of Majorca's illegal road races and Matias The Humble.

The races, on which bets of up to 1'000 euros were often made, commonly took place in Palma's various industrial estates over the weekend and this weekend, the police will be out in force to crackdown on any illegal races. Earlier this year, two teenagers died during an alleged illegal motorcycle race and since then the authorities have stepped up their efforts to stamp out the growing problem.

Many of the races are filmed and then posted on the Internet. One of Matias's films has been hit by over one million viewers.