Awesome! Sounds like you have a great situation for your first season of racing! It definitely helps having people in your corner, so to speak.
For your first season, you could not be in a better situation, surrounded by guys who are willing to help you out with each step you take! Thats huge! Even though out on the track its just you and your bike, its comforting to know you have that support of friends/teammates there with you.
Yes, the racing experience is much different than the track day experience. Your preparation, focus and concentration will become much more intense on a racing weekend. The closer it gets to your race time, when they start making the calls, the more your nerves are going to build. My suggestion for you at this time, is to make sure you have all the little things done before they make the "1st call" for your race.
What I mean is this, the closer it is for you to get on the bike and go to hot pit lane, the less you should be worrying about. I make sure that my bike is ready to go when they make the "1st call". The tire pressures are correct, there is enough gas in the bike, everything is fastened tight, the transponder is on...etc etc. Now when the "1st call" is made, I no longer have to worry about whether or not I put enough gas in the tank, etc etc..
Now my focus is getting myself mentally ready. Focusing on the task at hand out on the track. Developing a mental rhythum of a lap as I am putting on my boots and zipping up my leathers. When the "2nd call" is made, my helmet and gloves go on, and the bike is warming up. When my helmet goes on, I think of myself becoming one with my bike. I block out all other thoughts, take a few deep breaths and just RELAX. Complete focus now is on the intimate relationship me and my bike will have until the end of that race. With the "3rd and final call", I head to hot pit lane and its show time!
You are right to focus on being consistant and making a little progress every time out. MAKE SURE YOU DO THIS...buy a notebook and a pack of pens/pencils! WHY? To speed up your learning curve, make sure you debrief yourself after each race!!! From the time you get out on the track for your hot lap, until the time you finish your race, you will be taking mental notes, even if you dont think you are. Once you are back in the pits, use the notebook to get those thoughts out of your head. Write down everything, good or bad, and most important is to be honest with yourself.
This is creating a progress report. This will let you know what areas of the track or parts of your relationship with the bike, you need to work on. It also clears your head for the next race. The sooner you can get into a routine, the more RELAXED you will be out on the bike. I almost forgot, while you are out on the track, remember to BREATH! You will know what I mean after your first race! LOL
Keep us posted of your progress.