Originally Posted by Neale
Well.. going indoor carting later. And heard Carting lines are different to racing lines. Well... how shall i take corners? Im thinking taking them wide and trying to keep the high revs?
The cars have no gears btw..
Try to maintain speed through the corners with a combination of late as possible braking [without locking up] and taking the line that allows the most speed to be carried through the bend. The mistake alot make is going too fast into a corner and thereby sliding - it looks great but aint the quickest way round.
Go an hour early and watch, you will pick up the quickest lines by watching other racers - if its a tight or twisty track the knack is to keep the revs up in corners and this can mean taking corners wider than you would expect. Those tyre walls can look scary when you are flat out round a corner and it takes a couple of laps to see how much you can push the kart into and during corners without clipping the tyres.
The most fun you can have, i have only done it a few times but I consistently won out of our groups of 10 or so racers.
It is great to have a marker kart in front of you who is quick so pick someone who you know is good and take the kart directly behind them on the start grid.
Relax your grip very slightly on the straights as it absolutely mullahs your wrists after 10 or so laps and you really have to grip the steering wheel tight in the corners, and it is tempting to keep that grip on the straights - watch for flags, someone usually dumps one in the tyres and the marshalls go mad if you maintain racing under flags, they will make an example of you and black flag you if you race under conditions when someone has an off.
I love it, shame our local track closed, it was a tight and short/twisty track and was a real test.
Godspeed mate :