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Lewis Hamilton Sets Standard for Mercedes Benz World Driving Academy

Fri, 14 Aug 2009


The
school holidays are upon us, and so is the Summer Driving Challenge at
Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge.  Fun driving activities will take place
throughout August, with the Top 100 challengers competing for a place
in the Grand Finale on 2 September to beat the score set by current
Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton.


At
the wheel of a dual controlled Mercedes-Benz A-Class those over 12
years old and taller than 1.5 metres can take to the handling
circuits.  Under the supervision of resident Mercedes-Benz Driving
Academy coaches, young drivers and parents will undertake a number of
fun driving challenges during a thirty minute session.  Some challenges
are timed and others are awarded points for accuracy, both of which
convert into an overall score.


The all important scores will be posted on the online leader board at www.mbdrivingacademy.com
so participants can keep track of their performance and position.
 Challengers can take part as many times as they like to secure their
place in the Top 100 and ensure they get the chance to compete in the
Grand Finale on 2 September. 


A
free family ticket to the Grand Finale with Lewis Hamilton is included
with every £40 Summer Driving Challenge experience.  Lewis will be
spending time during the afternoon with the participants, who will also
be able to watch the Top 100 challengers compete for an opportunity to
beat the score set by Lewis himself.  There will be twelve new
challenges to complete, which will really test the young drivers’
abilities.


Once
in a team, members will really have to work together as the challenges
include a 20 metre car push, a blindfolded test drive, a box packing
exercise and a wheel change challenge against the clock.  Members of
the winning team will each receive tickets to Brands Hatch for the UK
round of the DTM German Touring Car Championship.


Rob
East, Driving Academy Operations Manger at Mercedes-Benz World said:
“We are delighted to be welcoming Lewis back to Mercedes-Benz World and
feel the Summer Driving Challenge is a great opportunity for
youngsters, and parents, to get behind the wheel and have fun whilst
experiencing every day driving situations in a safe and controlled
environment.  Striving for a place to rival the time set by Lewis gives
a great incentive for accuracy as well.  Clipped kerbs and fallen cones
will cost precious points.”


The
Summer Driving Challenge is offered by Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy
launched in June 2009 and aims to encourage safer driving on Britain’s
roads by coaching students to become good drivers and not just pass
their test.


For more information on the Summer Driving Challenge, the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy please visit: www.mbdrivingacademy.com.  For more information on Mercedes-Benz World please visit: www.mercedes-benz-world.co.uk.

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