Nick Tandy's route to Le Mans 24 Hours success was unusual and meant he caught some by surprise in France in June. But in reality, there had been many signs that he was capable of competing at the top of the sport.
I don't claim to be any more of a talent spotter than many of my colleagues, but in Tandy's case I tended to be in the right place at the right time. It was hard not to notice something special, even if there were some rough edges to be ironed out along the way.
One thing you always look for when assessing up-and-coming drivers is if they get 'found out' as they climb the ladder. Do their special performances dwindle? Do they fade away as the level of competition improves?