I settled into a groove pretty quickly with the BMW 125i M Sport, having never raced a rear-wheel-drive touring car at the switch back Scottish track, which is great fun to get right.
The first free-practice session was largely irrelevant as it was a drying track. We chose to scrub tyres and work on a consistent balance ahead of that all-important qualifying session, rather than go for lap times.
The second session was much more representative – it was the first time I’d driven the BMW in the dry and we nailed a time that was sixth quickest, just two-tenths adrift of P1. The car felt really good as I got to grips with the nuances of the track and how to attack the kerbs so I was confident for qualifying.
And I carried that confidence into the session. The track was drying so quickly that I’d wanted to be one of the first to get onto slicks. The grip levels were building rapidly as it dried, so the timing was crucial.
I’d set the third-quickest time on wets but got onto slicks with just over 10 minutes to go. I was fastest then back to third – it was changing so fast. With three minutes remaining, I went for a crucial last-gasp attempt. I nailed a great sector one, but then got baulked in sector two.