It was absolutely perfect weather for our morning runs. Thankfully, Oakland Coliseum is only about half an hour's drive away, and we get going early enough to beat the commute traffic that heads to the Bay Bridge and into San Francisco.
The first run of the day felt pretty solid, but I smacked a cone in the final section. The course started out by leading straight into a long slalom. This is new to me. We've had slaloms before, but those were all unevenly spaced and irregular. This slalom was consistently spaced from start to finish. I found it fun, and dare I say it I started doing it very well in the later runs. There was a strange shift point prior to it, but it wasn't too bad.
The last section, where I smacked the cone on the first run, was a series of chicanes with uneven pacing. It was challenging and very entertaining to thread the car through it smoothly.
Scott started off at a good aggression level (it seems to be very critical to get a good mindset and focus at the start, and carry it through the rest of the runs in autocross), but the mistakes kind of snowballed and he was having trouble recovering in the last two runs. The good news was that since he started off well, he got up to a reasonable speed quicker and was able to set a time that landed him in 2nd for the day.
In my 3rd run I spotted a cone that was knocked over. The cone spots are marked, and any cone that is misplaced on a run entitles the driver to a re-run. The idea is that everyone competes on the same track, and if a cone is not where it should be, that is not the same track. Besides this, track workers could get confused when a car zooms by an already knocked over cone. They may call in a penalty when it wasn't warranted, which is an understandable mistake. There are lots of cones out there to keep track of. I made the most of my rerun and set a new best time. My final run went even better and I felt really good about most of the corners, especially the first slalom. That run earned me the win.
Then we worked. I was running for cones, but this time I signed up for the station near the finish because I thought the chicane section would be fun to watch. It was, and someone nearly spun and took out a few cones. So I ran to set them back up, but after a shout from the grid area, I realized that my path was going to take me through the timing lights which track the lap times of the cars on course! I tried to jump over the beam, but I failed and I ruined a couple of in-progress runs. Whoops. I started paying much more attention to which cones were being hit and whether they were after the lights or not, so I would remember to run around them instead of through them.