The truth is simple. If you want to drive a Super Touring car quickly, there are just three steps. First, get in the car. Second, start it up. Third, drive it as fast as you can. Easy.
Or maybe not. Perhaps we need to ask an expert. Let's try the man who drives a Super Tourer quicker than anyone else in the British Touring Car Championship, maybe even anyone else on this planet.
Switzerland's Alain Menu, winner of 12 of the 24 rounds of the 1997 Auto Trader-backed BTCC, crowned champion with six races still to go, voted by AUTOSPORT readers as National Racing Driver of the Year, and the kingpin in the Williams Touring Car Engineering squad of Renault Lagunas, you are now a driving instructor.
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Marcus Simmons is the deputy editor of Autosport magazine. As a child he was a regular on the chalk banks of Thruxton, before becoming an MSA timekeeper at the age of 17. Shortly afterwards, he started reporting for Motoring News and joined the staff in 1990.
After abandoning a parallel Formula First career – which had been as incident-packed as his childhood equestrian exploits – he moved to Autosport in 1996. Since then he has had two stints as a freelance and a brief spell as editor of Motor Sport magazine, during which the revered green cover was revived, before rejoining Autosport in 2008. He lives in Twickenham with his partner, two daughters, cat and guitars.