Our mate over at BBC Sport, F1 telly front-man Jake Humphrey, came over a bit crashey at the weekend.
We like Jake, especially when he’s playing ringmaster in the Coulthard and Eddie show, so we felt a bit sorry for him when we heard he’d dented an Elise. On his race debut.
He was in one of 45 cars in an Elise Trophy race at Silverstone. After a decent qualifying time on a damp and slippy track, Jake started his first ever race from 31st on the grid. But things got a bit tangled on the first lap and his car got swiped. Still, after this and another ‘mysterious incident’ – a streaker, perhaps? – Jake got to the finish. Where he was soaked in champagne.
“The whole point for me to get involved was to show people that motorsport is not just this alien Formula One world operating in far-flung exotic locations, which no one can afford,” he said after the race. “Motorsport is on your doorstep; it’s on rainy Saturday mornings; it’s on sunny days at Silverstone.”
Highlights of Jake’s race will be broadcast before next two Grands Prix in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, so set your alarm clocks and tune in.