Tips to Becoming a Faster Go Kart Driver
There isn’t much better than feeling the adrenaline as you race your way around the track, trying to outrace your fellow go kart competitors. If you want to get a cutting edge and start winning more races, one of the things you need to improve on is your speed. If you are looking to shave a few seconds off of your lap times, you have come to the right place! Here are five insider secrets that will help you drive faster to get your finishing position higher.
Have a Better Posture
Having great posture will actually help you drive faster while you are tearing through the course! Keep your body relaxed but sit up straight. Have your feet rest comfortably on the pedals while your knees are slightly bent. Having your hands at 9 and 3 on the steering wheel while also give you better control when you are pivoting.
Monkey See, Monkey Do
During your next race, follow a faster driver to see how they are driving. Look at how they take their corners and follow their racing lines. You will begin to see how they use and maintain their momentum by using wider lines around the course.
Maintain Your Momentum
Use what you learned from faster racers and implement it into your own strategy. One of the best ways to increase your speed is to sustain a good top speed. You can usually do this by following the widest path around the track. As you approach corner turns you should be driving in the widest point and moving towards the middle. When you come out of the turn you should return to the outer rim.
As you start using this wider driving technique, you may find yourself crashing into the barriers or even the other racers. Don’t worry about this too much when you are first learning, a lot of people need a lot of practice to truly perfect their turns and driving lines. As you get better at these turns, you will notice your times will increase tenfold because you will be driving properly, and you won’t be crashing into anything!
If you are looking to increase your speed over the winter, come by Formula Kartways to get your practice in! We are open 364 days a year so you can come by whenever we are open to start perfecting your racing lines and turning techniques, you will become a faster racer in no time!
If you are really inclined, we hold a “Need for Speed” night every Tuesday. This is for member only and drivers with a G2 drivers license. If you would like more information about our Tuesday night special, if you would like to become a member of Formula Kartways, or if you have any general questions about our facility, please give us a call at 1-844-527-8929!
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