Normally at this time of year, my off-the-field sporting exploits involve wondering whether I’ll bother to scrape a season’s worth of mud off of my football boots, and wishing I’d removed that soggy towel from my cricket bag after the last game of the previous summer.

But not this year. No, this summer’s sporting preparations are of a totally different kind.

So far, they have involved me having fittings for boots, helmets and white clothing (but not my cricket whites), complete with a trip to Snetterton to test drive a racing car.

That’s because I’ve been given the ‘guest car’ slot in the Radical SR1 Cup, a low-cost, one-make UK race series for Radical’s entry level SR1 model that runs over four weekends between June and September.

The championship launched in 2013, designed as an accessible entry point onto the Radical racing ladder and a stepping stone for those looking to take their track day experience into racing proper.

In 2013, Sir Chris Hoy, one of our greatest Olympians, took the SR1 guest car slot to launch his racing career. Last year, the guest car was driven by Andy Green, he of world’s fastest man fame,as he prepared for driving Bloodhound at 1000mph.