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Tips for Quality Indoor Go Kart Driving

Posted by Adrian Doggrell

Jul.11, 2013 6:22 AM

In this line of business, we see all skill levels of drivers. We have some very dedicated customers who race once or twice a week. We have many people that come about once a month, and there are plenty of customers who come only a couple times a year. It is always great to see these familiar faces and watch as they get better. But no race is more fun to watch than their first race.

It is so much fun to watch their reactions as they step up to the track for the first time. You can tell that they are thinking, “Is this it? Are these the crazy indoor go karts that I have been hearing about? They look just like the one my cousin used to have. I doubt it’s much cooler than that.” But then the race starts, and they get to pull onto the track. The kart jolts forward and they begin to think, “whoa… okay, this isn’t bad. Let’s do this. Time to race!” They start to get comfortable, but then the final speed restriction is lifted and the go kart surges forward, and I mean it really starts picking up speed. And then they realize, “Oh wait, there is a turn coming up, and I am going really fast. What am I supposed to do?”

Its great how quickly people realize that our indoor go karts mean business. Then they start to panic a little because they realize that they have no idea what they are doing. That is when they really forget everything else and just focus on driving. I think that is what truly attracts people to racing. You can completely remove yourself from everything else in the world while you drive. It’s a release of sorts.

Unfortunately, not everyone is a natural driver. Some people struggle at first more than others. Believe me, I would know. I was quite bad the first time I raced. Out of three races with my co-workers, I placed last, last, second to last, and last. Needless to say, it wasn’t a strong performance. I was teased mercilessly. But I have since moved on, and I almost never cry about that day anymore, so I am doing much better now. Thank you for asking.

My shameful performance on the track inspired me to figure out what I was doing wrong. And, as it turns out, it was a lot, but I learned some great tips that helped me get right back into the competition with my peers. I don’t wish anyone experience the humiliation of utter defeat like I did, so I made a list of six things you should know before stepping onto the track. They are as follows. Good luck:

  • Sit upright in your seat

Good posture will really help you out on the track. I am not trying to mother you. It honestly helps how the kart handles. All you need to do is sit back in the seat, in an upright and comfortable position. And just try not to move around because it will slow you down.

  • Hold the wheel in the right place

You often hear people say to hold the wheel at ten and two. Honestly, nine and three works too, or anywhere in between. You just need to be comfortable and focused.

  • Try out your braking

Once you get comfortable with accelerating and basic turns, you should start to experiment with your brake. If you are going into a sharp turn, you can let off the gas and tap the break. You want to do this before you go into the turn. This will help you start turning effectively and avoid drifting into the far wall.

  • Experiment with your angles through turns

Many people see a turn and want to head into it right away. Often this leads people to taking a too aggressive angle on a turn and they sacrifice speed. You should try to keep the kart straight for as long as possible and take a wide approach to the turn and see if that allows you to hold more speed through the turn.

  • Keep as much speed as possible through exiting turns

Turns are where you lose almost all of your speed, so you want to focus on keeping the speed up through your exit of the turn instead of focusing on how quickly you can go into the turn. Slow in and fast out.

  • Go straight as often as you can

The turns are where most people struggle, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t easy to waste valuable seconds trying to block or tap someone else. You should focus on going perfectly straight whenever possible.

Topics : go kart racing

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