I ran in the second local Gymkhana for the year on Saturday (they're a bit different to the Ken Block stuff, more a low-speed tarmac rally sprint) and I appear to have improved greatly in the last 6 months. Seat time, a little confidence and finally working out some of these ongoing issues with the car has helped a lot I think. Out of 36 entrants I managed 9th overall, a huge improvement from 35th out of 38 I got back in March.
Passed my first kidney stone on Monday night too.
The Bride seat rails I ordered from Japan (second hand) arrived yesterday and so I took my downtime as a chance to install the fixed back seats I've had sitting in the shed for nearly a year.
The seats are nothing flash, just a generic steel fixed back. They're a little lighter than stock seats too, with rails fitted they're around 12kg each where the stock seats are around 17-18kg each so I've just managed another 10kg+ without trying too hard. Since the rails are about 5kg of that I'm not going to save much more weight by moving to a fibreglass seat, maybe 1-2kg but this would be offset by the additional brackets I'd need in order to mount one.
I'm really after a harness bar now though. I like the look of the one that they got made over in the UK a few years back. It goes between the rear upper control arm mounts so it adds some decent chassis rigidity where it is actually needed as well. I think I'll have to get one made locally though.