A 14-YEAR-OLD girl from Hollywood has been named among the top 20 young drivers in the country, after impressing judges in a national competition.

Sophie Sprigg overtook hundreds of under-17s across the country to make it to the finals of the Young Driver Challenge 2017 at Birmingham's NEC last week.

The Woodrush High School student wowed judges with her skills behind the wheel, demonstrating impressive control of the vehicle during tight steering, parallel parking and emergency stops.

Sophie, who was one of just 20 finalists to receive a medal for her performance, said: "I was definitely put to the test by the judges, and there was a lot to try and remember, but it was really good fun as well.

"The other finalists were all really impressive, and I’m delighted to have done so well.

"I’m really looking forward to driving on the road at 17, but it’s good to know I’ve already got some experience being behind the wheel. It won’t seem as daunting and I’ll be able to focus more on other road users and potential hazards.”

Judges at the competition, which is now in its 4th year, included Quentin Willson, Julie Lyman from West Midlands Police's road harm reduction team, and Mark Beaumont, deputy chief instructor for Young Driver.

Laura White, head of marketing for Young Driver, said: "Huge congratulations to Sophie. She and all the competitors did so well.

"Our judges were very impressed with the standard of driving. These youngsters take learning to drive extremely seriously, and much as they have a great time, our primary aim has always been to create a safer next generation of drivers."

For more information visit youngdriver.com.