Young Drivers get a chance
To drive a rally car!!!!
Young drivers get chance to drive rally car
Teenagers will get the chance to drive an F1000 rally car - but it won't be on Blackburn with Darwen's roads. It's part of a young drivers' master class, organised to help 14-19 year olds learn to drive safely and focuses on skills, attitudes, tests, instruction and assessments.
Blackburn with Darwen’s Casualty Reduction Team, in partnership with Capita Symonds and the Under 17 Motor Club Northwest, is running the class on Tuesday 2nd August & Saturday 27th August 2011.
Young people aged 14 to 19 who have attended previous driving courses or have some experience behind the wheel are eligible to enter. The Master class will include tuition from experienced Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) and each young driver will have the chance to drive a F1000 rally car, subject to assessment. The driver that shows the most improvement will win the opportunity to gain free entry, with a car provided, to a future Accrington Motorsport event.
Graham Campbell, Casualty Reduction Manager for Capita Symonds, Blackburn with Darwen Council's road safety partner, said “We have run practical driving courses for over 130 young people below driving age this year. They have a tremendous impact on their values and attitudes surrounding driving and are beginning to shape a safer future for tomorrow’s drivers in Blackburn with Darwen.
"Now, through a unique partnership with our local motorsport club, we can stage a unique, low cost introduction to motor sport in a safe, controlled environment. The Lancashire Telegraph’s Wasted Lives campaign has highlighted the risks young drivers take on our roads. Motor sport provides young people with a legitimate outlet for their ‘exuberance’ behind the wheel whilst developing their attitudes to safety as safety not speed is the primary concern at all motor sport events.
"By getting involved in motorsport early, young people will gain valuable driving experience and learn valuable safety lessons to keep their racing on the track, not on our roads.”
The Master Class normally costs £75, but the first event is being offered at a discount price for Blackburn with Darwen residents and students, at just £50.00.
Steve Johnson, Go-MotorSport Regional Development Officer and the event organiser explains: “Driver experience days are available up and down the country, but their primary focus is in providing thrills and experiences rather than developing the driver’s skills and improving their safety attitudes. This event, at the fraction of the cost of an experience day, will be fun and people take part will take away a wealth of experience, hints, tips and knowledge that will help make them safer drivers in the future.”
The First Master Class Event takes place at Roman Rd, Blackburn on Tuesday 2nd August 2011 from 1pm until 6pm. For an application form or more information please contact:The Casualty Reduction Team on: (01254) 273223 firstname.lastname@example.org