MINI Drivers @ Goodwood teaches young people road skills

PUBLISHED: 03:52 06 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:35 20 February 2013

MINI Drivers @ Goodwood teaches young people road skills

MINI Drivers @ Goodwood teaches young people road skills

Mini Drivers is the UK's first dedicated young drivers' training programme permanently based at a motor circuit.

Mini Drivers @ Goodwood was originally introduced in 2009 as the UKs first dedicated young drivers training programme permanently based at a motor circuit.

The scheme is supported by a fleet of new purpose built MINI ONEs with dual controls.

The programme is specifically designed for young people who have yet to pass their driving test, or indeed have yet to get behind the wheel of a car, and aims to equip young people with the awareness, knowledge and skills they need before heading out onto the open road. Unlike other young drivers programmes participants dont have to wait until they are 17 to get behind the wheel.

As long as they are a minimum of 1.5m/4ft 10or taller, they can get involved. They get to drive on a real motor circuit, in the tyre tracks of motor sport legends at the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit.

The MINI Drivers programme offers young people the chance to gain expert driving tuition making them safer drivers when the time comes for them to learn on public roads. Statistics show that sadly four in five fatal road accidents in the UK involve young people under the age of 21, and that one in five young drivers crash within six months of driving.

Goodwoods aim is to create a fun environment where young people can learn the skills they need to become safer drivers. Participants can complete a one off taster experiences or learn the basics in three Introductory Missions.

There is the option to progress to a series of Advanced Missions and even a full blown mock exam and driving test.

Driver Verdict: We asked Marianne Crombie to give us her verdict on the MINI Drivers programme:

I had an amazing time and a really fun morning. At first I was a bit apprehensive as I am only 16 so have never been behind the wheel of a car before but my instructor was really reassuring and surprisingly calm. The MINIs were really cool and driving a lap of the Motor Circuit was awesome.

Prices start from just 99 per session and Gift Vouchers are available. For more information call MINI Drivers @ Goodwood 01243 755073 or visit

Latest from the Sussex Life