Eighteen-year-old Jack Young found himself enrolled in the school of hard knocks when he made his debut in the World Touring Car Cup in Belgium.
Winner of the UK Renault Clio Cup last season, Methodist College student Young has stepped up to another level in the WTCR, driving a Renault Megane for Swiss-based Vukovic Motorsport.
But he had a torrid first weekend at the Zolder circuit in Belgium, failing to finish either of the two races, although he could not be blamed for incidents which saw his Megane damaged.
Young held his hands up for the mistake which cost him a place in the top 12 for the second stage of qualifying when he spun off at the final corner, bringing the first session to a halt, leaving him 16th on the grid.
He was fighting for 15th and the final championship point when he clashed with the Hyundai of former F1 driver Gabriele Tarquini, the damage forcing into the pits.
Again Young started 16th for race two which unfolded much like the first with the Belfast driver chasing a championship points finish and keeping the vastly experienced Tarquini, a former champion, at bay for more than a dozen laps.
Eventually Young was overtaken by pole man Nathanaël Berthon who was recovering quickly after a penalty for jumping the start but it was Attila Tassi who ended his race, ramming into the side of the Megane.
The race finished under yellow flags with victory going to Yann Ehrlacher ahead of his multi-champion uncle Yvan Muller. Néstor Girolami won the race in his Honda Civic.