Keen teen driver from Northamptonshire is bidding to become one of the top under-17 motorists in the UK

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She might only be 13-years-old - but a Northamptonshire villager is already so confident behind the wheel she is set to show off her driving skills at the NEC arena this weekend.

Charley Beasley is one of 40 finalists who have been chosen from hundreds of entrants to compete at the indoor stadium in Birminghham on Saturday (September 5) as part of the 2015 Young Driver Challenge.

Charley, who studies at The Moulton School and Science College, has been taking pre-17 driving lessons at a Young Driver academy in Milton Keynes venue and will take part in the 11 to 13 age category of the final this week.

To secure her place, the Moulton youngster was judged on practical and theoretical driving knowledge including parallel parking, figures of eight, braking and steering.

On top of this she also had to complete the Goodyear Driving Academy, an interactive online driving simulator – testing knowledge of the Highway Code.

If she wins, Charley could bag 40 hours worth of pre and post-17 driving lessons provided by Goodyear, a Young Driver at School session for her and her classmates as well as £500 off a car insurance premium courtesy of competition sponsors Admiral.

“I can’t believe I’m in the final,” she said. “I was really shocked at first but I am looking forward to the event and trying my best.”

And she added: “I would like to win and be able to treat my entire class to a lesson, they would be shocked as only a few of my friends know and I’m a little shy.”

Young Driver has now delivered more than 250,000 lessons across 37 venues, all aimed at reducing accident rates of 17-year-old new drivers within their first six months on the road.