There's a moment, just as you crest the rise after Spa's iconic Eau Rouge corner, where you can't see the other side.

It's terrifying, because you just have to aim for the exit and hope it's still there. Which in itself is crazy, because it hasn't moved for the last six laps and is guaranteed to be there this time. It doesn't stop you breathing a sigh of relief when you glimpse the red and yellow crash barriers that line the track.

I was driving the circuit for the first time, having tagged along to a Renaultsport track day with our long-term Clio RS200 Turbo. We'd caught the Eurotunnel the previous evening and driven through France and Belgium to reach the circuit in the Ardennes forest.