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Henley School pupil crowned UK's best young driver

Stratford Editorial 23rd Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A TEENAGER has been crowned the UK’s best young driver – at the age of just 13.

Luke Swallow, who attends Henley School, took to the road like a fish to water and made his way around the British Motor Museum when he was put through his paces during the Young Driver Challenge.

The 13-year-old – who is still four years away from applying for his provisional licence – impressed the judges at the Young Driver Challenge finals with his ability behind the wheel.

Luke said: “I still can’t believe I’m the winner and I can’t stop smiling.

“Making it to the final was something I was really pleased to have achieved but then to be crowned overall winner in my age category was just amazing.

“Everyone at the final was driving at a really high standard so the competition was tough, and the test itself was hard work – but great fun.”

The Young Driver Challenge is part of an initiative to drill into youngsters the importance of being responsible and safe on the road before they can officially learn to drive.

Luke added: “As well as doing independent driving, we had to demonstrate things like parallel parking, reversing, tight steering, emergency stops and turns in the road.

“Luckily my Young Driver lessons have taught me well and it has prepared me when I can officially learn to drive.

“Hopefully I can live up to my best young driver title.”