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Overtaking is one of the most challenging parts of racing. Being able to set someone up, get in there and get the pass done cleanly. In my opinion, a large part above overtaking is about respect between the two drivers.
Can the overtaking driver give the guy he wants to pass enough room for them both to survive? Can the driver being passed position himself in a place that allows both cars to make it through the corner, even if they are fighting for the space?
One of the advantages of karting, is the copious access to practice time that you can get compared to other motorsports. Most kart tracks are owned by clubs, so the entry fees are affordable enough for racers to get more seat time.
You’re going to need to have a plan of how to best maximize your time, if you’re going to take advantage of that extra seat time . Below are some quick tips about how to have a more effective practice day the next time that you’re out at the track karting. Continue reading
A few months ago, a friend of mine shared with me this video from K-Racer about how to make it to the top of Mount Awesome, when it comes to improving your skills. I linked the video below, because it’s funny, but it’s got a good message to it when it comes to karting.
Everyone has nerves.
Nerves. Everyone has them at some point in their lives. Those anxious butterflies in their stomach. That pounding heartbeat in their chest that seems to want to burst out thier head. That overwhelming voice that echos when it asks “Can I do this?”
Been a while since I posted last, but wanted to pass along a quick tip I always use when I coach other drivers. It’s so simple, and really an effective way to monitor your personal performance. Simply put, I ask these two questions to my drivers after each and every session:
You know, normally Leo Parente annoys me something awful. (Edit 2015: Actually, I met Leo during PRI in 2015, and he’s a really nice guy.)
However, when he’s right, he’s right. Mental focus and preparation is one of the strongest elements you can leverage when it comes to being successful when driving.
I don’t really having much to say here, because Leo says it all.
We’ve all had race weekends, where nothing seems to go right. It happens to every racer at some point. Either you’re off the pace in every session, missing something key on the setup, or the machine just doesn’t seem to want to run correctly. What can be even more infuriating is that you might not have a reason for your performance at the time. It’s just slow!
As a racer, being off the pace and not understanding why is one of the most frustrating scenarios. However, it is important to stay focused, as that track time is still very valuable. If you know how to maximize the opportunities of the situation, you can start to working your way back towards the front of the pack.
Below are three quick tips on how to make the most out of a challenging race weekend:
Walking the track gives you the opportunity to pick up more details, which will help make you faster.
Would you be interested in being able to get three or four more practice laps than everyone else? What if I told you that during these laps, you would have the opportunity to closely examine areas of the track that no one else will be able to see for the entire weekend.
All you need to do is arrive at the track early and walk it.
We all know that racing is a dynamic sport. Things are always happening. In order to be successful, a driver always must keep his attention ahead of the car’s behavior and where he is on track.