A Staffordshire teenager has been named Britain's best young driver.

Josh Burford, 14, has won the Young Driver Challenge 2021, making him officially the most skilled pair of hands behind the wheel below the legal driving age.

He beat 40 other finalists with a record-breaking, near-perfect score earlier this month.

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To win, Josh had to complete challenges in reversing, parking, manoeuvring a slalom and handling junctions.

Drivers competing were behind the wheel of new, dual-controlled Vauxhall Corsas with fully qualified driving instructors who assessed their skills.

Josh said: "I'm amazed to have broken the record for the highest points scored and retained my (10-to-13 age group) title from 2019. The weather was awful, which made the competition even more difficult, so well done to everyone. Thanks also to all of the Young Driver team for organising the event."

After his big win, Lichfield lad Josh met TV driving expert Quentin Wilson, who, ironically, is well known for presenting Britain's Worst Driver. Also among the finalists was Matthew Haynes, 13, from Wimblebury, near Cannock. Wilson awarded Josh - who studies at Halewood Academy - 10 60-minute Young Driver lessons, £200 cash, a £75 restaurant voucher, a trophy and a signed copy of his latest book - Learn to Drive without Tears and Tantrums.

Josh Burford, from Staffordshire, with TV motoring expert Quentin Wilson. Josh has won the Young Driver competition.
Josh Burford, from Staffordshire, with TV motoring expert Quentin Wilson. Josh has won the Young Driver competition.

Sue Waterfield, head of marketing at Young Driver, said: "It was a great final. The drivers all performed amazingly.

"Josh should feel very proud of himself. It's a fantastic achievement making the final, let alone winning twice.

"Anyone watching the finalists drive can see how beneficial it is learning at such a young age.

"These teens take the responsibility of being a safe driver very seriously and they show great control of the cars.

"They'll take that forward with them as they learn on the road at 17 and then as qualified drivers.

"But beyond showing us how great their driving skills are, they've all had a really great day with lots of smiles and a real sense of pride and achievement, which is what it's all about."

Young Driver is a specialist driving school for under-17s, running competitions for 10-to-13-year-old and 14-to-16-year-olds.

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