If there one track that you want to have pretty down, it’s the Nurburgring. Sabine Schmitz isn’t the “Queen of the Ring” for nothing, as she passes over forty cars in two laps of the Nordschleife in the rain during a VLN race.
Epic doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Check out Felipe Merjech drifting his shifter kart in the rain. I just had this video shared with me, and I had to post it on StartingGrid. The angle that he carries between the corners is just awesome!
It shows you can also get away with a lot more in the rain in a kart, than you think. I wonder if he was running Vega rain tires, those have amazing grip in soaking conditions… Anyway, mucho impressive.
Since taking the step into competition karting this year, I’ve really had to come to grips with driving in wet conditions more often. The fact of the matter is, I need more seat time in the rain to be comfortable, so this weekend I went to my local kart track, PGP Motorsports Park to practice. Continue reading
You know, it takes a brave soul to drive a car in the rain at full tilt. Four tires searching for grip, the tread bending, stretching, straaaaaining trying to find any sort of dry surface to cling to. The driver, feeling the car through only his/her rear end, back, and hands, must make corrections for every slight slip or twitch. A gentle feel for the throttle and soft, smooth, buttery application of the brakes to fight the car’s stubborn actions while plowing through a turn at the very limit.
But imagine, if you will, trying all of this on a motorcycle…
Former World SuperBike rider, Suzuka 8 hour winner, and 3 time British SuperBike Champion (2006, 2007, 2010). It’s more than likely you’ve never heard of him before. That’s okay because, to be honest, I hadn’t either. Not until I started paying more attention to what it takes to ride one of these machines.
Check the video. And don’t act like you’re not impressed…