Teenagers take a test drive at council site

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BUDDING Lewis Hamiltons got behind the wheel to test their driving skills.

East Hampshire District Council gave young people aged 14 and over the chance to build their car confidence by tackling two tricky courses at Penns Place, the home of the council in Petersfield.

Novice drivers learnt some basic techniques safely and tested their skills in a circuit.

The authority’s leader Ferris Cowper, who holds an International Racing Licence, said: ‘People think racing skills are all about high speed. In fact anyone with nerve can drive at high speed.

‘The skill that wins the F1 Championship is about precision, control, planning and vehicle empathy.

‘Autotest and Autosolo show you just how hard it can be even at slow speed.

‘But if you learn these skills with us you could go on to racing karts and then racing cars like Formula Ford.’

East Hampshire worked with Southsea Motor Club to put on the event.

Winners received a pair of tickets to Butserfest next month.