“With young children of my own that are chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel of a car, I am truly excited about our Mini Drivers programme. When I heard that four out of five serious injuries or road fatalities in the UK involve motorists under the age of 21, I was horrified,” Lord March said in a release.
“The knowledge that young drivers can be taught the essential skills of save and responsible driving in the secure and controlled environment of the Motor Circuit is a huge comfort to me, as I am sure it will be to all parents,” he added.
As the young drivers register progress through the courses at Goodwood, they will move from automatic Minis to manual-equipped cars.
They will be taught the risks of driving too fast, the dangers of drink driving, having unruly passengers, plus the essentials of good vehicle maintenance and driving on public roads once 17 years of age.
The programme is to become fully operational this August with a series of three introductory courses priced at £99 each. Any child reaching a minimum height of 1:5m (4ft 9”) can participate, up to the age of 18.
“Mini Drivers @ Goodwood graduates will be fully equipped to deal with 21st Century life on our roads,” added Andrew Bayne, founder of a²om organization.