New Mini for diving star Daley

While most new teenage drivers his age have to settle for a rickety old car they have scrimped and saved for, diving champion Tom Daley is least bothered by such worries.

The Plymouth diver and 2012 London Olympics hopeful, who turned 17 on May 21, now has his very own Mini given to him by Team GB and Games' sponsor BMW.

The current FINA 10 metre individual will learn to drive his Mini One D on the Mini Drivers training programme Hatch at the Goodwood racing track in West Sussex.

Daley said he hopes to learn driving with the same determination he put into diving.

He added: "Like every other 17-year-old I can't wait to get behind the wheel of my first car, but in my case having my driving licence will be a huge help in my training and preparation schedule for the Olympic Games."

The teenager hit the headlines when he became Britain's youngest competitor at the Beijing Olympics, aged just 14.

As they are more prone to accidents, young drivers must make sure they have a cost-effectivecar insurance policy before they hit the roads.

"Efficient Dynamic" diesel cars, hybrids and electric vehicles will be provided to ferry athletes and officials by BMW at the Games next year.

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