Sitting in a Subaru WRX STI at the St Ninian’s crossroad, I still wasn’t really prepared for what was coming. 

Mark Higgins - who this week has set a new benchmark for a car around the Isle of Man TT course - grins as the stragglers in the first Supersport Race flew past.

Stragglers? Apologies. No such thing. Every one of those 90-odd riders were absolute heroes as they wound their 600cc bikes towards full throttle, threading the needle that would lead them onto Bray Hill.

Watch the video of the modified Subaru WRX STI smashing the Isle of Man TT car lap record

Bray Hill… Higgy’s nemesis. The place he came closer than ever to stacking a Subaru at 150mph five years ago.

A Subaru not dissimilar to the WRX STI we are sitting in now. The bikes done, the road is ours.

Mentally, I'm still not even in the ballpark. “How quick will we be going?” I ask Higgins.

“We’ll have a go in places, but we’ve got to be sensible…” comes the reply.

I’ve been sensible with Higgy a few times before. When it comes to sensible, he and I are a few pages apart.