I’m still coming to terms with what happened at the weekend. Fortune smiled upon me and I was handed a last-minute invite to go for a passenger ride with Spain’s Dani Sordo in the WRC Mini Countryman at the Rally Show at Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire. And as a result my mind has undergone a slight recalibration of what it’s possible to do with a car.

For those of you that haven’t had a passenger ride in a WRC car, it goes something like this. First, you sign a piece of paper blaming no one but yourself if everything goes wrong.

Next, you get kitted out in a set of overalls, balaclava and open-face helmet that will almost certainly make you look like a bit of a numpty.

After that, you’re strapped into a very expensive looking bucket seat, fixed to the hot, stripped-out, white-painted-metal interior of what was once a nice, friendly family car.

You’re tied in so tight that you won’t be able to move anything but your arms and feet, and sat so low that you’ll have to strain to see over the bonnet to the road ahead (co-drivers don’t need to see out; they are, in effect, a sort of cross between ballast and extremely accurate talking sat-nav).