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What Did An 11-Year-Old Think Of Our Junior Driving Experience?

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Excited for driving experience

Did you know the ultimate supercar thrill can be enjoyed by anyone aged 10 and up, with junior driving experience across the UK?

Or that you don't even need a driving licence to get behind the wheel of even the most epic sportscars available with a WonderDays track day?

Esme Wilkinson, aged 11, recently put pedal to the metal for a junior three supercar driving experience at Tockwith circuit near York.

After adding kids driving experiences to both Christmas and birthday wish lists since she was eight, her 11th birthday finally saw her dream come true with a Triple Junior Supercar Experience thrill from mum and dad.

When the Easter holidays arrived, it was finally time for Esme and her dad to head to York for her long-awaited young driver experience day.

Check out the video we put together from footage her dad sent us, which gives a great rundown of the whole exciting day.

Which Cars Did She Drive?

With dozens of different supercars to choose from, after much consideration Esme finally settled on her favourite three.

  • The Porsche 911
  • The Lamborghini Superleggera
  • The 'Bumblebee' Chevy Camaro, just like the one in the Transformers movies

Driving exactly the same cars adults would, even young supercar fans like Esme had a slight attack of the nerves just before her first drive.

But with a skilled instructor beside her, she quickly embraced the thrill of her junior Porsche spin around the track.

Next up was the junior Lamborghini drive, by which time Esme had lost any nerves and, encouraged by her instructor, found significantly more speed for her second two-lap drive.

Finally, she took the wheel of the Camaro, which had the largest horsepower of the three and has always been one of her favourite supercars.

Junior porsche driving experience
Esme, 11, gets behind the wheel for her junior Porsche driving experience.

Once her final pit stop arrived, Esme was on cloud nine and declared it one of the 'best days ever'.

"It was amazing!" she said.

"We did our first lap and I started to get the hang of it after that and then he said that I could go a little bit faster on the second lap.

"So I did and it was awesome because when I went round the bends I got to turn the wheel all the way around. It was so cool."

Having gone faster in her second lap with the Lamborghini, Esme found the experience truly thrilling and exciting.

"He (the instructor) literally went 'go down, go down, push the accelerator, go on, faster, faster'.

"I was going slow and he just went 'faster'! He also let me overtake someone."

Junior lamborgini track day

Esme did need a couple of cushions to sit on before she could reach the pedals in the Lamborghini.

Having always loved the Bumblebee character in Transformers, Esme was excited to drive the bright yellow Camaro.

However, the sheer power of 650bhp made her slightly nervous again, so she took things a bit steadier for her final lap but still had an amazing time.

Her dad, Chris was full of praise for all the track day team.

"All the instructors on site were really good but especially the one that took her out in the Lamborghini, as he was really enthusiastic and encouraging," he said.

"Overall, it was a really well organised, professional and brilliantly fun day and Esme absolutely loved it.

"I'd definitely recommend and junior driving experience for anyone with slightly older kids, as our daughter really did have the best time.

"I have to admit, I was actually a bit jealous I didn't get chance to drive anything myself, as the cars were awesome. I definitely feel I need to book myself a supercar driving experience now!"

What Happens On A Junior Driving Experience Day?

With all safety precautions in place, all cars available for junior supercar blast experiences are the same ones the adults drive.

Each vehicle has dual controls to ensure a fun and safe experience for everyone.

First things first and when you arrive at your chosen race track, all kids receive a safety briefing and instructions on what to expect when they get get behind the wheel.

This is done in the form of a 'sighter lap', with junior drivers taken out in a regular car to show them the track and explain what to expect and do.

Then its time to sit with others also there to enjoy their supercar thrill and wait to be called up to drive each car.

Before taking the wheel of each individual car, the instructor gives them a full rundown of the specific vehicle specs.

Heading out to the track driving experience

With our driving experiences for 10-year-olds and up, they get specialist, actual driving lessons during each drive from their in car expert, only instead of teaching them to reverse around the corner or keep under the speed limit, they encourage them how to go as quickly as they safely can.

They get two laps of the track in each supercar. Overtaking is by consent only and junior drivers are only encouraged and pushed to go as fast as they are comfortable with.

All our junior supercar experiences are available from youngsters aged 10 to 16 and range from single and junior double supercar thrill days to our 'All Star' or junior five supercar thrill experience.

It's not just driving experiences for older children we have gift vouchers for - even non-licence holders as adults can drive most of the cars on offer.

Our top driving experiences start from just £29 and are available at more than 20 locations across the country.

What Else Do I Need To Know About Junior Driving Experiences?

The minimum age requirement to drive is 10 and at least one adult must be with them at the track, although they don't go in the cars with them.

There is a minimum height of 135cm to safely drive too.

Junior driving experience days are one of our most popular products and its easy to see why, if how much 11-year-old Esme loved it is anything to go by.

And there's so much more young drivers can do, from off roading experiences to a junior truck driving thrill.

Children as young as 7 can fly on a hot air balloon ride, while you might not believe a 10-year-old can fly a helicopter, but they can.

With locations nationwide for all these adrenaline fuelled junior experience days, WonderDays is the first stop for kids gift experiences.

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