Take the duvet off your bed and put it over the windscreen of your car. Now get in it and drive. There you go - you're a driver in the World Rally Championship tackling the sixth stage of last week's Catalunya Rally.
Actually, don't do that. It would be silly.
And silly is what most drivers thought the dark run through the Les Garrigues stage was in Salou last Friday. We weren't exactly in unchartered territory here; when the Acropolis Rally organisers ran the Nea Politia stage at 9:30 on a Saturday night in June, there were cries of dark, dusty derision from almost all the drivers. But that was nothing compared with the outrage that greeted the Royal Automobile Club Catalunya on the Costa Daurada last week.
The drivers were incensed at the conditions they had to drive through, with dust apparently making it impossible to see beyond the end of the bonnet.
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David Evans is the rallies editor of Autosport and Motorsport News. A successful rally driving father ensured an early introduction to motorsport and, fascinated as he was by rallying, the fourth estate was of equal interest. Having read (or at least looked at the pictures) from the age of two, he joined <i>Motoring News</i> in 1996 and later moved to Autosport in 2002.@davidevansrally More features by David Evans