A TEENAGER from Alcester has skidded into first place in a national driving competition for youngsters aged 10 to 17.
Oliver Smith, aged 16, was one of 20 finalists in the 14-16 age category after steering his way to the finish at the Young Driver Challenge 2018.
Youngsters from all over the country took part in the event which saw them get behind the wheel of dual control Vauxhall Corsas with fully qualified instructors.
The aim of the company ‘Young Driver’ is to create a safer next generation of drivers.
Oliver managed to impress the judges with his skill behind the wheel, positioning, control and manoeuvres.
He took away a trophy filled with £200, ten hour-long minute Young Driver Lesson vouchers and a £75 restaurant voucher for his efforts.
“I can’t believe I got first place, I was absolutely delighted to win the challenge,” said Oliver.
“Even without winning, I had a really good time and improved my skills further.
“I feel like this experience is going to be so helpful when it comes to getting on the road for real because I’ll already have a good understanding of how to physically drive the car and will be able to focus more on my surroundings.”
The Young Driver Challenge, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park, is an annual event which gives young people the opportunity to start driving, in some cases, seven years before they are legally allowed.
Laura White from Young Driver, said: “Huge congratulations to Oliver who should be very proud of how well he’s done.
If you fancy getting involved in future challenges visit www.youngdriver.eu for more information.