Failure to finish race three at Thruxton marked the end of a trying weekend for British Touring Car Championship rookie Mark Blundell. After a tangle with Tom Chilton during qualifying - which left Chilton saying that the ex-Formula 1 driver should consider his place in the series - 27th in the opening race was as good as the rest of the meeting got.
Three times Blundell stood on the podium at the end of an F1 grand prix, and in 1992 he won the Le Mans 24 Hours. That kind of kudos has brought with it plenty of public and media pressure for the oldest driver on the BTCC grid to impress. But, judging by history, the intense level of scrutiny seems unfair.
Blundell, 53, is not the only F1 alumnus to be attracted to the BTCC. Most recently, Martin Donnelly helped Infiniti make its shortlived debut in the series in 2015. Before that, Johnny Herbert was signed by Team Dynamics to see out the 2009 season in the Honda Civic. And, most famously of all, the feature race at Donington Park in 1998, when 1992 F1 and '93 IndyCar champion Nigel Mansell rose from last to fifth, is still regarded by many as the greatest race in BTCC history.