Staff at Air Products’ Didcot site in Oxfordshire had front row seats for Guy Martin’s latest adrenaline-fuelled speed challenge, after the corporation was chosen to supply helium (He) for his latest TV stunt.

The latest episode of Speed with Guy Martin saw the professional motorcyclist attempt to become the first person to cross the English Channel in a human-powered airship, pedalling a bike suspended from a large He-filled balloon.

The Tier One player supplied the He used throughout the challenge, including for three practice attempts and the final channel crossing attempt, from its 300 bar multiple cylinder pack offering.

The He production process and gas bottling at the Didcot factory, located in Hawksworth, UK, was also shown during the programme with Tim Hulbert, Air Products’ Vice-President – UK and Ireland (Industrial Gases), commenting, “We were delighted to be involved in such an exciting project and to ensure the safe supply of He for this fantastic challenge.”

The star of the show, Martin, added, “The Air Products boys were spot on. I didn’t realise what absolute zero was and what that means to gas, and the way it’s transported in liquid form. Fascinating and thanks very much for the support.”

Channel 4’s latest series of Speed with Guy Martin was broadcast tonight at 7.30pm.