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Old 02-07-2009, 12:24 PM   #1
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Go Kart Line Help

I'm going karting with some friends in a few weeks and the guy who is setting up is giving the top 3 drivers a $100. I figure I would get a head start and try to figure out my line ahead of time.

The track can be seen here:
http://gforcekarts.com/trackmap.gif

I was wondering if some more experienced drivers could give me some advice on what kind of line I should try and take.

Thanks guys!

Oh P.S. I THINK we go counter clockwise around the track.

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Old 02-07-2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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My simple advise is to make the turns as wide as possible, enter high and brake late then dive in and accelerate smoothly at the apex through the turn. Karting is a ball and it's amazing the G's you can pull in the corners (with the proper tires).

Have fun, you got a camera?
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:46 PM   #3
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I figured I wouldn't really need to brake except for the hair pins and 1 other turn. The hairpins is probably where the passing will occur.

Thanks for the advice and I do have a still camera with me and will try to rent a video camera for the day.
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:05 PM   #4
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Karts slide quite easily, so in tight turns, turn in sooner than you think and drift thru the apex to your track out. It's extremely important to keep momentum going...NEVER lift from the throttle; use the brake to slow, but keep the revs up. If revs drop, it takes forever to recover. Oh, and watch out for maniac rammers.
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:25 AM   #5
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Seat time makes a huge difference in Karts as well as cars. If you really want to win go get in some practice laps to get used to the Karts and learn the track. Electric Karts are very different than gas Karts with tons of instant torque. Driving surface (asphalt/concrete) also makes a difference in how to drive the fastest line. Generally the smoothest line that maintains your speed and momentum will be the fastest. Good luck!
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:01 PM   #6
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HI.....a couple of Karting tips....

* Dont go mad on cold tyres, people will spin off in front of you with!! Take it easy on the first couple of laps, others will spin...let yours tyres heat up.
* Smoother is faster, going too much sideways is not going in the right direction!
Drifting is good...but within reason.
* Dont let the revs drop, balance the throttle with the brake.
* Sounds obvious, you can make up loads of places at the start, inexperienced Karters wont be watching the lights...they watch each other....just remember cold tyres!

One last one...call it Karting not Go Karting!!!
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Old 02-13-2009, 01:09 PM   #7
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Almost forgot.... have loads of fun, drive like a nutter, beat your friends....and do anything it takes to WIN WIN WIN

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