Now, we’ve already talked about the four pieces of karting equipment that every outdoor go-kart racing driver needs, but racing goes way beyond just the equipment. Indeed, winning a go-kart race will require the driver to go the extra mile to be better than the rest of the competition.
If you have a race coming up and want to do all you can to prepare yourself to win, then we’ve got just the thing for you. Here are a couple of tips to help you win your next go-kart race!
Don’t Lean In
Let’s start things off with a mistake that even experienced racers still make. When approaching a corner, people tend to lean towards the apex. And while this might feel more natural, this is actually the exact opposite of what you need to be doing. Leaning in will put more weight on the inside of your wheels.
Instead of doing this, we recommend that you keep the weight distributed at the center of your kart. This will make turning easier, as it will help you avoid making any critical mistakes when going in for a turn.
Most of the mistakes racers make during are due to them being flustered. While we understand that there might be a little more pressure during race days, letting it eat away at you will just make it more likely for you to make mistakes.
Now, there’s only one way to really get comfortable while racing: practice. By putting in enough practice time, you will get more and more comfortable behind the wheel. If you get nervous during the race itself, just remember the countless hours that you’ve put into preparing for the race, and you should regain your composure.
Use One Pedal at a Time
The last thing you want to do is to spin out during the race. One of the most common culprits for spinning out is pressing down on the brake and the accelerator at the same time. This could be a bad habit that you need to work on, but it’s best to only use one pedal at a time.
One aspect that separates great racers from the rest is their ability to maintain their speed throughout a race. You can do this by using understeer and oversteer to your advantage.
The main thing that you want to keep in mind when racing is knowing when to use your brakes. Braking too late or too hard will significantly slow you down, especially when you’re going through a corner. It would be best to take it slow going into the corner and speed up once you’re out of it. A good rule of thumb would be slow in, fast out.
Lastly, just go out there and enjoy yourself! While this might not sound like a real tip, trust us when we say enjoying yourself will make you a better driver. By focusing on having fun during the race, it takes off a lot of the pressure of you, and this will go a long way when it comes to preventing any mistakes that may cost you the race. Remember, you’ve already done everything you can to prepare for the race, so all that’s left is to do what you love doing!
We hope the tips we’ve shared above prove to be useful for your next race. While it may be difficult to win a go-kart race, we know that it’s something that you’re fully capable of. Just follow these tips, and you’ll undoubtedly get your first win in no time!
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