Drive safe with iDrive

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

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, face­ WSCClub, and web­site, ral­ly­whit­sun­

NEW DRIV­ERS: The latest batch of iDrive stu­dents with lo­cal mo­tor sport leg­end Wayne Udy (with sun­glasses).

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