It’s true that at the time of passing 2nd timers are better, but I think the reason for that is simply more time and experience. I bet people taking their tests at 29 are better than the 19 year olds at the start, too. Real test of a driver is how they do after they’ve been driving a while. Why yes, I have been driving for 10 years, why do you ask?
Still, your insurance’ll be pretty cheap and you can rent a van straight off the bat, as long as they don’t ask how long you’ve held your license!
Glad you got there. Claire x