“Fast is smooth and smooth is fast”
Being smooth is one of the most under appreciated facets of driving fast, it’s an art that needs to be mastered. So often people will drive aggressively feeling that this will provide the best results. Don’t get us wrong, if you are driving in the wet you might need to wrestle it a bit. But in the dry you need to maximise the grip and ensure you don’ break this on the corners. You may need to go slow to begin with to master this, but believe us, it will be worth it.
2. Get plenty of time in the seat
It is pretty simple, do as much as you can around your local kart track, or racing. The more you do, the better you become. Practise really does make perfect.
4. Be ready to adapt your lines
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
Trying a variety of things is key to becoming faster. Try braking later, try getting on the power earlier. Like that, you learn and find time.
5. Work with an instructor
Sometimes you need to be aware of your own limitations. There is loads of support available, both online and at your track. By asking around you will no doubt receive some good suggestions. If you want to keep costs down and work on your driving from home then you may want to consider some online resources. From generic YouTube content to specific feedback from online coaches like Driver 61 there is a huge wealth of support online.
Other Next Steps:
Think about buying your own helmet
Get started in club races at your local kart track, when you are ready you can progress on to more competitive championships
Consider joining a team. This can help you develop as a driver – but if you’ve just started karting, spend time learning how to drive the kart on your own
Start taking an interest in the mechanics of the kart – fine-tuning things like gear ratios can help you find lap time