3rd out of 8 in DS
5th out of 17 Novice
53 out of 94 PAX overall
To be fair, DS was not packed with the top talent this time around with novices making up half the class. The two that beat me are guys that usally beat me (and the gap is still narrowing very slowly).
It's hard to judge where I fell overall though because I have no idea how slick the course was in the second and third heats compared to the first. My worst run was my third, which was when teh course was slickest for me, but I had a big brain fart on that run which cost me more time than anything else.
About my tire issue...I don't think that they've gone off yet. After Sunday, I really do think that I've reached a new plateau of feel and understanding what the car is telling me. It's almost like a night and day difference. This is why I've been so reluctant to get better tires this year. If I had gotten better rubber, I think that it probably would have masked more mistakes I was making and forced me on a longer road to improvement in my skills. Now, when I make the switch to better rubber next year (if I'm in the wagon again...should I get an E28 M5, I'll have a host of other issues ), I *should* be able to make better use of it.