Moto2 rider Scott Redding was given the chance to sample the Le Mans Series at the weekend after travelling to Spa with the sportscar arm of the Marc VDS Racing team.
The 17-year-old Briton headed to Belgium to watch Bas Leinders, Markus Palttala and Eric De Doncker in action at the wheel of their Ford GT, which was entered into the second round of the LMS season as a warm-up for the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Having been reacquainted with the drivers he met during pre-season physical assessments at the University of Brussels, Redding was given a tour of the paddock and the pit garage before getting the chance to climb behind the wheel for a more in-depth look at the GT1 machine.
Getting in and out of the car however was easier said that done...
"The Ford GT is pretty impressive," Redding said afterwards. "Getting in and out of the driver's seat is a bit more difficult than throwing your leg over a Moto2 bike though. I struggled to get in over the safety cage, but that was easy compared to getting out. It's a real tight squeeze and I thought for a minute they were going to have to pull me out through the windscreen! Luckily, I managed to extract myself before it all became a little bit embarrassing. I can see the headlines now; 'Moto2 rider gets stuck in GT1 car'. Not good!
"After I struggled to get in and out of the car, it was interesting to see how fast the drivers can changeover during a pit stop. 20 seconds after the car came to a stop they'd switched places and were ready to go again. It was quite impressive, as was the speed with which they refuelled the car and changed all four tyres. Maybe we need to get these guys to give our Moto2 mechanics a few lessons in tyre changing, as it could save us some time during qualifying!"
Leinders, Palttala and De Doncker started the race from class pole and secured victory in the race.