The weather for Saturday's 8th round in the SFR Solo Championship was beautiful. Oakland always delivers on that front, pun intended.
In walking the course, it looked rather busy. There were almost no straights and there were plenty of tight spots to thread the needle through. My first run incurred a cone, but the runs after that went pretty smooth. After my third run I was sitting on a 47.0, and I thought it was pretty quick but there was plenty of room for improvement. I have trouble gauging my pace in autocross. In road racing I have a tuned sense of how busy my body is and how it relates to my speed. I know what intensity level results in a fast lap, a slow lap, and a lap where I try way too hard. If I'm sawing at the wheel in road racing, I shake my head. On the other hand, if I'm sawing at the wheel in autocross, I may be doing it just right because that is how quick the course is.
As a result of this, I can surprise myself when I thought I had a pretty good run and then do it nearly 2 seconds better in the next. That's what happened in my 4th run. I got it down to a 45.7, and earned another win. That's 7 in a row now.
This is good for me. It's teaching me new ways of listening to what the car is doing other than simply paying attention to what I'm doing with my inputs as a driver. I'm looking more to the outputs of the car. Not that I wasn't before, but it's a bigger factor now in my driving.
So here's the video. Scott also did well by scoring a 4th place out of the most competitive field of novices so far.