Evan into final of Young Driver Challenge competition

Evan into final of Young Driver Challenge competition

15 September 2021

A NEWCASTLE teenager has made the final of a national driving competition for the second time – despite not being old enough to hold a driving licence.

Sixteen year-old Evan Biggerstaff is through to the final of the Young Driver Challenge 2021, having beaten off stiff competition from hundreds of other entries.

The competition is run by the UK’s largest pre-17 driving school, Young Driver, and all entrants are aged between 10 and 16.

Evan, who is a student at Shimna Integrated College, also competed in the 2019 Challenge final.

Having had several lessons at Young Driver’s Belfast venue, Evan was put forward by his instructor, who was impressed by his skills behind the wheel.

Young Driver lessons take place on private property in dual controlled Vauxhall Corsas with fully qualified instructors, and youngsters learn in a real car as they would on the road at 17.

Twenty finalists in each of two age categories — 10-13 and 14-16 — will now attend the final at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire next month.

The drivers will be put through their paces in a number of challenges, including safely handling a steering slalom, tackling junctions and roundabouts, confident use of the gears and clutch control and performing manoeuvres such as parking and an emergency stop.

The final will be hosted by motoring expert Quentin Willson, the former presenter of Top Gear and Fifth Gear.

The winner will receive £200 and Young Driver lessons worth £750, whilst other prizes up for grabs include vouchers and signed copies of Willson’s book – ‘Learn to Drive Without Tears and Tantrums’. 

Evan said: “I feel it’s always important not to give up on something first time around. I feel really lucky to have been given another opportunity to place myself among the best young drivers in the UK and am looking forward to the challenge.”

Sue Waterfield, head of marketing for Young Driver, said: “The pandemic put the brakes on the Challenge last year, so we are delighted it’s now back and we’re very much looking forward to it. Congratulations to Evan for making the final for a second time – it’s a real achievement.”