This season I'm focusing my efforts on the V8's. I want to be competitive with the top SOF come next year and hopefully Bathurst. I want to get mentioned on the V8supercar website and I want to be moderately competitive with the guys like Muggleton, Downs, Hamstead, and SVG.
It's a big ask and this week I found out just how much of an ask it is. On day one I was doing 2:20's. On day two I Was doing 2:14's. I'm now doing 2:13's but not easily. My optimal is 2:11.2. Not too bad and my pace is good enough for about top 25% of any practice session. What are the top guys doing? High 2:09's. so I've got to find nearly 4 seconds.
Realistically though, it wasn't any different when I started racing Star Mazda's nor the Skippies. It took my a whole season in the star mazda to close the gap down to less than 2s. Now it's about 1.5 average.
At least I'm faster than my teammate Andrew :)
The biggest stress point right now is consistency. My optimal is 2 seconds faster than my PB. That's a massive gap. The top guys are around 0.2s off their optimals. My biggest shortfall is in the braking zone. I'm getting self-owned most laps, trying to slow the car down. I can't yet hit apexes consistently. I'm thinking of sitting this round out so I don't make a complete mess of my SR.