Drive safe with iDrive
A FRESH batch of local kids got the chance to get behind the wheel, thanks to the Whitsunday Sporting Car Club’s iDrive program.
Whitsunday Sporting Car Club treasurer Mike Browne said the program was about making safe young drivers.
“It’s just teaching people how to handle a car who haven’t driven a car before and as an introduction to motor sport,” he said.
The kids took to the Tonker Park track on Saturday morning, with the Whitsunday Sporting Car Club providing the wheels.
Mr Browne said the fourth iDrive event had been a standout success, with the students handling themselves well behind the wheel.
“There was a 12-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy who had never driven a car before and by the end of the day they were comfortably driving around in second gear, competently handling the car,” he said.
“They loved the fact that they came away knowing how to drive a car.”
The young drivers put the cars through their paces, getting up to around 60km/h.
“The kids go through a series of obstacle courses and skills training courses, and we advance and rotate them through those,” Mr Browne said.
This time around local motor sport legend Wayne Udy gave the kids a few pointers as well.
“We had a third circuit with (Mr Udy) who was teaching them some advanced skills,” Mr Browne said.
All the students were so impressed with the session they signed up to join the club.
The event is covered by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.
For information about the next iDrive session, keep an eye on the club’s Facebook page, facebook.com/ WSCClub, and website, rallywhitsunday.com.
NEW DRIVERS: The latest batch of iDrive students with local motor sport legend Wayne Udy (with sunglasses).