It’s go, go, go at Silverstone track

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YOUNG people are being given an opportunity to learn safe driving techniques at the home of British motor racing.

On Sunday, 100 lucky competition winners, all 17-years-old and under will get behind the wheel and experience the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy.

The driving experiences are designed for beginners so they can learn at their own pace, giving them experience of important car control skills such as pulling away at junctions, steering through corners and roundabouts, braking, reversing and other necessary driving skills.

Andrew Mallery, Commercial Operations Director at Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: “The Test Drivers day will allow us to showcase a number of the experiences that will be on offer at the Mercedes-Benz Driving Experience centre when it opens in May at Silverstone Circuit.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re 12, 14 or 16, as long as entrants and participants in the future are over 1.5 metres tall, they can begin learning to be a responsible driver with Mercedes-Benz.

“Once opened there will also be adventurous 4x4 experiences available for both under 17’s and adults to develop a whole new set of driving skills.”

The course will incorporate Bridge Corner, part of the Silverstone track up until 2011 and at the heart will be the former Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Communications centre, used by the team between 2001 and 2007.

The Test Drivers competition is free to apply with the only requirement being that drivers are over 1.5 metres tall.

To apply visit www.mercedes-benzworld.co.uk/testdrivers or call 0870 400 4000.