Big, smoky start, slow down for the deceptive left at Molecombe. That’s the advice left ringing in my ears by all and sundry as I await my turn on the famous hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s taken an age to get to this point. Over 33 years, in fact, but the hour in the paddock and 20 minutes in the queue make it feel as though my birthdays have at least doubled since the door of the Nissan 370Z Nismo swung shut.

That would make me about a million years older than the race-suited waif next to me. Lucas Ordonez may not be a household name outside of the FIA GT Series, but he’s well known to legions of Gran Turismo fans as the first graduate of Nissan’s innovative race academy, which continues to pluck potential motorsport talent from sofa-bound gamers.