Repeating most of the thousand words that this particular picture could tell would likely cost me my job. Day one didn’t exactly go according to plan, as you can see. As I write these words, we’re languishing dead last: in class, in rally and, I suspect, in the esteem of the good people at Opel who invited us to the Silvretta in the first place.

Yesterday did, at least, pass without accident or incident. But it also passed before car number ‘228’ completed most of the stages and regularities in the schedule. In the one stage we did complete we finished 21st out of 28 in class. Over the day as a whole, though, we picked up 14,000 penalty points – which has got to be some kind of simpleton’s record. The next worst car in the class only has 3000.