Go Karting Tips: Advice For The Pros
We’ve written about go karting tips for beginners before so now it’s time to tell you the tips for the pros out there, For the go karter’s who may be wondering what’s been going wrong for these past years and what you can do to improve and increase your lap times.
Go Kart – Go Slow
First of all, putting your foot down is not the answer. If that was all that was required, there would be no skill in winning. Braking and going slower is the key to getting the fastest time. Karts do not have unlimited grip, and in order to get around the tight corners as fast as possible you’ll need to kill some speed before you get there.
Knowing when and where to brake is our biggest tip for improving your times. Work out where you need to brake and by how much, and keep it simple – brake in a straight line, turn, and gently accelerate out of the corner. Brake too late or too little – you’ll feel your kart washing out as you struggle to maintain grip.
Sit Comfortably – It’s Going To Be Competitive Ride
A good seating position in a go kart should be comfortable. You should have a slight bend in the leg and be able to reach the steering wheel without leaning forward. This allows for accurate, powerful control and will prevent the wrong bits aching at the end of your session!
Go Karts Fit For You – No Matter What Shape Or Size
Our new karts as Absolutely Karting Maidenhead are the Sodi SR-5 karts which feature 270cc Honda Engines and include a new adjustable pedal system as well as front and rear headlights! They also provide extra comfort, as the new pedals can be adjusted by you, the driver which means that you can adjust them to adapt to your height, leg length and feet size – no matter what shape or size you are our go karts fit specifically for you and the comfort of your race so you’ll never have to worry about being too big or small for our go karts ensuring you have a great relaxing time.
Go Kart The Natural Way
Your body position is very important for good lap times. Try not to lean into the corners. Your weight is actually better distributed in the opposite direction, as to corner effectively, your kart’s inside rear wheel needs to lift – but a good starting point is a neutral position, so try to sit as square as possible in the seat.
Know Your Lines
You might have heard of the ‘racing line’ – this is the quickest way of navigating the go karting track. The racing line minimises the angle of the corners whilst also finding the shortest route around the circuit. If you follow the racing line you’ll be able to maximise your corner speed.
Every go kart track is different and some corners feature quirky lines, but the general idea is to stay wide on entry, cut close to the apex, then use all of the available go kart track on exit. Do some research before your next visit to find the ideal line and you’ll be stepping up your game in no time.
Karting 101 – Look Ahead
A common mistake is focusing only on the go karting track or the go kart directly in front. This often results in drivers taking corners in ‘chunks’ instead of smoothly taking the bend as a whole. It also means duplicating the same mistakes as the person ahead, instead of taking your own, faster approach and overtaking.
The key is to look ahead. Look for the exit as you enter the corner instead of focusing on your feet. You will automatically find yourself doing all the right things to get your go kart on the right bit of track. Plus, you’ll be able to spot the best points to overtake and improve on your opponents.
Relax – and enjoy the ride!
Most importantly, just remember to enjoy yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if it’s not going so well. A tense driver is very easy to spot on the go karting track: they’re not usually the one setting the pace or overtaking with finesse.
Keep the basics in mind, and you’ll soon find your groove. Work on improving those lap times a small amount at a time. You’ll then relax and be able to unlock your full potential.
Have you thought about joining Absolutely Karting Open Championship where drivers of all skill levels are welcome? Whether your goal is to win a race or five, to simply improve or have a bit of competitive karting fun. This OPEN championship will be exactly that.
The Absolutely Karting Open Championships consist of up to 10 to 12 races over an annual race season that runs from January through to December featuring an Adults championship (14+ yrs) and a Cadet championship (8-13yrs) held at our go karting tracks
At the end of each race there is a trophy ceremony on the podium and the race season leader board will be updated to keep all your fans up to speed on your progress throughout the season.
Fantastic prizes and trophies will also be up for grabs for 1st, 2nd and 3 place drivers at the end of the Championship series, at each go karting track.
So whether you practise and be perfect or be a brave karting kadet and head the to the Absolutely Karting Championship and become a winner we will support your race every – mile of the way!