Grabbed by the shoulders from behind, I was manoeuvred to face the direction of the big screen in the paddock. Two teenagers were celebrating taking third place in what was admittedly a low-rent karting competition.
"That is why," exclaimed my assailant, "you should do all the events!" It was perhaps the defining moment of the inaugural Motorsport Games at Vallelunga last weekend. That's the bronze medal won by Russians Olesya Vashchuk and Vladislav Bushuev in the Karting Slalom Cup, not my encounter with George Andreev from their national motorsport federation.
Given that Klim Gavrilov was already halfway to gold in the Touring Car Cup after winning the first TCR race, it meant Russia was heading for the pinnacle of the medals table.