Tips To Win Your Race
- Know the fastest race line around the track - This is not rocket science! Fact is that there are faster race lines around the track. The fastest line is shortest line around the track that can be covered in the least amount of time. A copy of the fastest lines around the track can be found at the track on our bulletin board or on our track page.
- Do not rev the engine in the pitlane - doing so results in an overheated transmission that will not engage when necessary during the race.
- Do not "ride the brake" - this overheats the brakes and results in "brake fade". The engine is far more powerful then the ability of the brakes and using both pedals at the same time will damage the brake material. Brake fade occurs when the fluid in the system is overheated and air then enters the brake lines. If your brakes are not functioning properly you will have difficulty controlling the kart and never get the fastest times.
- Remove your foot from the gas if the ignition is disabled to your kart during the race - The system used to disable the karts during a race functions by disabling the spark to the igntition. If you keep your foot on the gas while there is no spark you are allowing excess fuel to enter the engine. This unspent fuel will severely hamper the performance of your kart once the ignition is reinstated and may, in severe cases cause your kart to flood and stall - resulting in the end of your race.
- Use your brakes properly - You should use your brakes while your kart is in a straight line BEFORE you turn the wheel to enter a turn. Using your brakes while in a turn will result in you spinning out or losing control. This not only takes you off the fastest race line but opens the door for other better drivers (who slow down before entering the turn) to pass you easily on the inside.
- Sliding is Slow - stay on the fastest line around the track. If this means lifting off the throttle slightly to stay on the fastest race line this is still faster then taking a wide line around the sweeping areas of the track. It is ALWAYS faster to stay on a better racing line. DRIFTING IS SLOW! If drifting was fast then professional race car drivers in Formula1 and other motorsport would use this method to win the race.
- Slow in - Fast out - It is EXIT speed that wins the race, not ENTRY speed. This is one of the most important and difficult lessons for drivers. Slowing down and entering the turn at low speed allows you to stay on the fastest/most defensive line through the corners and also allows you to accelerate OUT of the turn to maximize your speeds around the track. Drivers should use their brakes prior to turning the wheel to enter a turn and then be accelerating as they reach the apex of the turn.
- Look ahead - By looking ahead you can not only see what hazards you may be approaching but it also allows for you to plan your pass on drivers. Watching a driver who has passed you and is now ahead of you is a great tool as you should study what they are doing that makes them so much faster then you. Copy their driving where they are faster. If there is a staff member on the track (generally some of the fastest drivers at the track) use their driving as a tool and try to follow their line.
- Do not make contact with other karts or the barrier system - Bumping karts only results in a transfer of your energy to their kart. Experienced drivers quickly realize that even a small tap to the kart ahead of you results in extending their lead. Brushing against another kart or the barrier system creates friction which costs you energy and speed.
- Learn to adjust for the handling of your kart
- Understeering - Understeering can be described as a lack of grip to your front tires. This results in your kart not wanting to turn as sharply as the wheel is turned and the tendency for the kart to continue in a straight line. In sharp corners with a fast approach you are likely entering the turn too fast and should slow down. To minimize this effect in smooth turns or high speed turns up to 270° you should lift slightly off the throttle and lean your body towards the front of the kart (maximize weight to the front wheels for traction).
- Oversteering - Oversteering can be described as a kart that is "tail happy". When a kart oversteers the tendency is for the rear of the kart to want to swing around on you in the turns or around the sweeper section,
- Know how the timing system operates - There are two formats to record the racing results.
- Qualifier format is used for ALL arrive and drive races. Qualifier format lists race results in order of fastest laptimes. The driver who completes the single FASTEST LAP is the winner of this race - NOT the driver who covers the most laps.
- Race format is used exclusively for League/Grand Prix style racing and endurance or Lemans races. Race format lists racing results with the winner being the driver who covers the most laps in a set period of time. Race format is always preceeded by a qualifier race to determine starting positions for the rolling or grid start.