My father used to take part in motor races, so I grew up with a love of speed. Anything which has lots of horsepower has always appealed to me. So my first thought before the Driving Event was: “Hey, I hope I’ll have the chance to get behind the wheel of an AMG during the training session.” The size of the practice area in Leipheim was pretty impressive. On our first lap all I could see was a forest of pylons, marker flags, and water pipes. But as soon as Doreen had explained the manoeuvers that were required, I was able to make out the course clearly amid all the confusion. We drove round in an E-Class, which really blew me away. From the outside it looks pretty bulky, but it’s an incredibly easy and sporty car to drive. Just how agile it is, I realized in the very first exercise, when I had to brake going round a corner. That’s easier said than done – slamming on the brakes in a situation like that is something you really have to force yourself to do initially. I had to train myself to look the right way, too: in corners you need to look where you want to go, or you’ll end up running wide.