I have always been afraid of cones in autocross. Not really afraid to hit them or to scratch my car with them. It's navigating through the course that intimidated me. I always was intimidated watching my friends race, always concluding that I wouldn't be able to navigate through that mess, and that my priority would always be trying to find where to turn rather than to be competitive.
Well, last weekend I dared to try it myself. Contrary to all my fears, somehow I found my way around and was pushing, despite that I was thrown to be the second card of the day to start. I didn't even have time to set up my camera, that's how quickly everything went by.
As can be seen on time report below, I did very poorly, but I did find some time on the last lap. In short, I need to (1) slow down, (2) brake sooner, speed out of the corner due to a lot of understeering, (3) study track more before the race.
Overall, I was very happy I did it, and surely will do it again.