Scots teenager Liam's a top-notch young driver

By Giles Blair

SCOTTISH teenager Liam Shields has been named as one of Britain’s best young drivers after taking part in a major competition last weekend.

The 14-year-old, from Cumbernauld, was one of 40 budding motorists all aged under 17 who took part in the 2021 Young Driver Challenge final held at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire last Saturday.

Liam secured second place in the 14 to 16-year-old age category – and was praised for his safe driving skills. He also competed in 2019, when he was awarded third place in the younger 10 to 13 age category.

The Challenge is organised by Young Driver, the UK’s largest pre-17 driving school, and 2021 marks the seventh year the competition has run.

Entrants take part in a variety of driving activities, including reversing, parking, manoeuvring through a slalom, handling junctions and independent driving.

Drivers are behind the wheel of new, dual-controlled Vauxhall Corsas with fully qualified driving instructors who assess their abilities and skills.

Liam Shields, 14, from Cumbernauld, at the 2021 Young Driver Challenge finals (Young Driver)

Liam said: “I came along just wanting to try my best and I really enjoyed myself. So, to find out I’d won second place was fantastic.

“I feel like my driving skills are improving all the time – I love being behind the wheel and improving with every lesson.

“By the time I get on the road at 17, I should already know how to safely control a car, which is a great feeling.”

TV motoring expert Quentin Willson awarded Liam his prizes – five 60-minute Young Driver lessons, a £50 restaurant voucher, a trophy and a signed copy of his latest book: Learn To Drive Without Tears And Tantrums.

Young Driver marketing boss Sue Waterfield said: “It’s been a great final, the drivers all performed amazingly. Liam should feel very proud of himself, it’s a fantastic achievement.”

The driving school operates at 70 locations across the UK, including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Falkirk. Go to www.youngdriver.com or download the app for more information.


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