- Take the first lap easy and get used to the kart! Before attempting to break any track records (or the sound barrier), it’s important that you’re comfortable with the controls. Use the brake as you would normally, if you brake really hard at the last moment, you WILL spinout and lose control. Avoid aggressive actions during turns. Turning the wheel too sharply and/or accelerating too aggressively can result in spinning out and temporarily losing control of the kart, which can be considered reckless driving and result in a driver being pulled from a race.
- If you need to stop at any time during a race, make sure to do so in a safe place outside of the path of other drivers. Use pedals smoothly and independently of each other. Avoid slamming on the brakes as sudden stops create a potentially hazardous situation for yourself and other drivers, particularly when turning.
- Look ahead and be aware of other drivers at all times. It is always every driver’s responsibility to avoid contact with other karts and track walls.
- Following good drivers and mimicking their actions is the best way to improve your own lap times. Talk to our staff for advice about your racing line and how to improve your driving.
THE ENGINE – and more importantly, the clutch!
You can just hold the gas down, but the kart won’t accelerate very quickly. The clutch is connected to the rear tires, not the engine, so your engine speed needs to match the tire speed for best acceleration. Keeping the clutch from slipping gives you about 3 times the power. So, in short, use the gas appropriately. If you want to go half speed for a corner, make sure you are using half throttle. The kart will always respond better when the engine isn’t bogged with waiting for the clutch to catch up.
THE BRAKE – IE: The “E” brake
When you use the brake, it’s important to understand that only the rear tires have a brake, and it’s the same brake for the entire back axle. This is even true for a lot of outdoor go-kart racing. So only use your brakes heavily in straight lines. Also, keep in mind when you do use them the weight of the kart (and driver) will transfer over to the front tires making it easier to turn, yes, but also easier to spin-out. So take care when braking during, and especially right before turns. The faster you are going, the sooner before the turn you will need to use the brake if you don’t want to over-steer.
THE WHEEL – Keep on rollin’
When you use the steering wheel be sure to make your motions as smooth as possible, and start off by turning more than you need to, and taking turns wider, and turn into them a bit later than you normally would. IE pretty much relearn the steering wheel. Racing is more about precision driving with a good line and maintaining your speed, than having the most powerful and capable vehicle. The most powerful vehicle doesn’t always win the race. Consider constantly observing drivers whom are consistently driving faster than you and learn about your own driving line by comparing, and more importantly, talking to them about how they drive!