FIA Formula Two drivers showed their support for the FIA's
Action for Road Safety (AfRS) campaign recently as they helped
teach youngsters the importance of road safety with the aid of the
Brands Hatch YoungDrive! scheme.
Already endorsed by championships including Formula One and Le Mans, as well as high profile figures such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the global scheme aims to raise awareness of the importance of safe driving to reduce the number of fatalities on the world's roads, which currently stands at around 1.3 million per year.
F2 drivers from across the globe helped with the event at the legendary UK circuit, together with children aged between 11-17 from the local community. Zimbabwean Axcil Jefferies, Iranian Kourosh Khani, Briton Luciano Bacheta, Swiss Mathéo Tuscher and Romanian Mihai Marinescu guided the young drivers through the FIA's 'Golden Rules' such as obeying the speed limit, ensuring everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt and being courteous and considerate to other road users.
To help them, they were using the circuit's YoungDrive! scheme which gives children as young as 11 their first taste of being a motorist in a dual-controlled MINI - learning the basics of car control and safety in a traffic-free environment.
AfRS Campaign Manager Naoise King said: "The event was a fantastic opportunity for us to continue our message of road safety and we're very grateful to the F2 drivers for their support as role models. As well as reaching out to the local community, the diverse nationalities of the F2 drivers have also helped us spread the message to a much wider, global audience."
For more information of the FIA's campaign visit www.actionforroadsafety.org.
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