High standard of drivers

George Davies in Young Driver competition
George Davies in Young Driver competition

A Hailsham boy has been named one of the best young drivers in the country.

George Davies, 12, will now progress to a national final in the 2014 Young Driver Challenge run by Young Driver. He will compete for the title of the UK’s Best Young Driver, aged under 17.

Forty finalists were chosen from more than 350 entries, and will compete at a national final tomorrow (Saturday September 13).

The challenge judged the ability of entrants based on a series of driving skills and manoeuvres, including parallel parking, figures of eight, a turn in the road, steering, judgement and positioning. Entrants also had to complete the Goodyear Driving Academy, an interactive online driving simulator.

George will take part in the 11-13 age category at the final. Up for grabs are prizes including 40 pre- and post-17 driving lessons provided by Goodyear, a Young Driver at School session for them and their classmates and £500 off a car insurance premium from sponsor Admiral.

George, who attends Hailsham Community College, said: “I am delighted to be the highest scorer in our area! I can’t believe it! I have had six Young Driver lessons and I think they will definitely help me be a safer driver when it comes to taking to the road for real. The instructors really help you to understand the responsibilities of driving. I am really looking forward to the final, and am keeping my fingers crossed I am crowned the overall winner! It would be great to let everyone in my class try out a lesson, which is one of the prizes.”