I really thought I was going to better a 1.29.5 this week. To be absolutely honest I did - but that was only with a 1.29.4. That's surprising given the fact I have a 1.28.3 optimal, and I'm never that far off my optimal times. A half second is probably about the average.
But that just goes to show how I struggle with consistency around Oulton Park. If I don't mess up the first chicane I mess up the second. And when I rarely get them both right I mess up another sector that I've previously been pretty good with.
It's not that I don't know how to drive the track. The optimal speaks for itself. It's simply that chicanes are still a work in progress for me. And the only way to fix that is practise, practise, and more practise.
Having said all that, I did get my mandatory race in on Saturday evening. After about fifteen minutes of practise just to get back into the proper mindset I found myself in the second split of a two split race. Here's what happened.