IMO footbrake is the toughest class. Agree with the others - .056 is a decent light, but not stellar. Another two hundy on the tree and you had the win by a whole fender.This is footbrake only.. no transbrake, no 2 step....
National champ goes almost .06 on the tree? Sound asleep....:zzz:
In the footbrake class, 00x RTs are rare (but they do occur). If you can consistently go .02-.03 on the tree in the footbrake class and run your dial (which you obviously can) you'll usually go rounds unless you come up against a terminator.
In the late rounds if I know I'm up against a veteran or season points contender, I'll try to chop down the tree and go .01 or high .00x. When you're surprised it didn't go red - it's a good light. I'd rather go down swinging than be caught napping.
He was clearly on his way to a major breakout based on his trap speed - he sandbagged on the dial and stood on it in order to line-up bumpers at the stripe. That technique only works if he cuts a better light - if you cut a better light and he lines-up bumpers at the big end - he automatically loses on a breakout.
Tough loss on a double break out - .0024 MOV doesn't get much closer than that. Great race and even better learning experience.