Whether you want to take your go-karting hobby to the next level or you’re just looking to hone your skills and be the envy of your friends, have you ever wondered how you can become a go kart pro?
Well, it’s time to stop wondering because we’ve put together some tips and tricks so that you master the track, every time.
Get your own kart
Now, this isn’t always possible but if you’re serious about go-karting then you need to seriously consider it. That way you can turn up at the track whenever you want to, getting the hours in to practice. Even if you buy it second hand, you’ll still have lots more opportunity to just get in the seat if you have your own. And the best way to learn is whilst you’re in the seat.
Get to know the tracks
And we mean really get to know them. As many as you can. As well as you know the road you grew up in. You need to establish your racing line at each track, or the route you’re going to take around it. That means knowing every bend, every straight, and working out where you’re going to break or accelerate before you’ve even sat down in the seat.
Things become slippery when wet, especially on a race track. Make sure you practice a lot in the rain. Understanding how you need to adapt your approach, will only come with practice. By practicing in wet and dry conditions, you’ll work out the differences in your approach you need to take like braking on the inside of the track or going right to the outside of the corner rather than the inside.
Give us a brake
Now, if you really want to race like a pro you have to introduce a little physics to the equation. When, where, and how much you use your brake all depends on your weight. Don’t worry, you can also work on a test and learn approach. Go around the track a few times before the race to work out where your braking points are. And braking points could mean slamming your foot down or simply taking your foot off the accelerator.
Always break when you’re on a straight line and try to approach corners slowly but exit them quickly. So, break on the approach and accelerate on the exit.
Learn how to turn
Your approach to your turns can be your biggest challenge. It requires lots of practice to get this right as it may mean going against your instincts. Aim to keep the kart going straight and wide for as long as possible, the make the turn at the highest point of the corner.
Drive better not harder
Go karting is one of the most exhilarating sports you can do and people can think that going full throttle is the best strategy to win. This isn’t the case. You need to be smarter and drive better. That’s why it’s important to practice and find your best racing line in any condition, on any type of track.
Consider joining a team
There are all different levels of teams, from just-for-fun to seriously high standard. If you have one in your local area, it’s a great way to get to know your racing style and make friends in the process.