I’m here at Silverstone at the Porsche Experience Centre, a multi-million pound complex housing a tight handling circuit, a skid pan, an ice hill and a low friction surface, the latter of which is currently one of the culprits mounting an assault on my guts. The key conspirator? Former British GT driver and full-time PEC trackmeister Ben McLoughlin.
He is showing me the finer nuances of the bone-dry hairpins and shiny circular bowl by getting a Porsche 911 Carrera 2S (ie, a rear-wheel-drive 911) very sideways and very squeaky. With one hand.
“Go in to the corner, turn in sharply and then floor the throttle,” he says, quietly and with conviction. And still with one hand. My freshly eaten lunch is becoming troublesome, not least because we’ve also just done a few hot laps of the tight handling circuit and he’s managed to carve three or four graceful drifts on the wet skid pan.