Racing is never dull. For evidence, see the exploits of car number 21 in the Radical SR1 Cup last weekend at Oulton Park.

The weekend started with huge strides being made in practice, which you can read about here, before a disastrous wet qualifying outing, an exhilarating sixth-place finish in race one (having been as high as fourth going into the last corner) and then a 'did not finish' in race two. Some DNF it was, too, but more on that later.

The Cheshire circuit was round two of the SR1 Cup, which I'm contesting this year as my first taste of competitive motor sport. The morning’s 20-minute qualifying session was the first experience for most of the grid (including myself) of driving the car in the wet.

There was a lot to cram into the 20 minutes: working out just how much grip there was in the car in the wet, where said grip was on the circuit, if there was any standing water, where the wet-weather braking and turn-in points were, racing lines… and that’s before we'd set about trying to set two fast laps to decide grid positions for races one and two.

In the end, there was far more grip out there than I believed, and a far too cautious approach - coupled with the learning period being reduced by a safety car period mid-session - resulted in 10th place on the grid for both races. The timing sheets gave even more away: most drivers were improving their times by two to three seconds a lap, so those who pushed harder earlier were rewarded with the faster times towards the end of the session.