Karting is the sport that involves driving a go-kart (or kart) and it’s amazing ‘cause it consists in going as fast as possible.
I challenge you not to become “kart-addicted” ready to run on the track as soon as possible, alone or challenging your friends.
HOW IT WORKS
The go-kart consists of a frame, four wheels, a steering wheel and two pedals, the brakes are only on the rear wheels.
They are divided into single-speed and with gearbox. Gear karts have 6 gears, a clutch lever on the left side of the steering wheel, which is used only for starts, and the gear lever on the right.
There are also karts for children up to 12 years old.
To start it, you have to pull a rope, like that of petrol lawn mowers.
Sitting down is not very comfortable… you have to put your legs under the frame until you reach the pedals. To move the kart, gradually press the accelerator and position yourself on the starting line. Follow the track instructions according to the type of race you have chosen and enjoy!
Driving a go-kart is quite simple, even for those who don’t know how to drive, but to become a guru on the track, follow these tips:
- Look at the next step after the one you are in: from such a low position everything seems faster and you will be tempted to look just ahead of the kart. If you look further, you have more time to guide and react more effectively.
- Don’t turn too early: getting the right corner entry point allows you to accelerate more without going wide
- Keep your hands on the steering wheel at 9:15 and never let it go: this allows a greater control of the vehicle
- Steer gently: this will allow a greater precision and therefore greater stability of the vehicle
- Brake firmly until the wheels are almost locked and then release the brake gently
- Use the entire track available: the wider you set each corner, the easier it will be to find maximum speed
- An advice that has nothing to do with driving techniques but may be useful to you: eat afterwards or stay light if you go karting indoors because the smoke and smell of exhaust makes you sick
It is by driving karts and using these techniques that some of Formula 1’s greatest drivers have become great champions. We are talking about Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button.
WHEN and WHERE to GO
You can challenge your friends every day of the year because there are outdoor and indoor kart tracks everywhere.
They are quite common, it’s up to you to choose the one with the track you like best.
The most famous are:
- Italy – Naples International Circuit – Sarno (Sa): more than 1500 meters long, it is one of the fastest in the world (it can exceed 160kmh)
- Germany – Pro-kart Raceland – Wackersdorf: Wackersdorf is one of the most popular kart circuits in the world
- United Kingdom – Paul Fletcher International Circuit – Brandon, Nr Grantham, Lincolnshire: it is perhaps one of the best kart tracks on the planet, thanks to an asphalt always in excellent condition, bordered by real circuit curbs, a well-equipped paddock and a very nice track
- France – Le Mans Karting International Circuit – Le Mans: it is located right next to the famous Porsche curves of the Circuito de la Sarthe
- Spain – Zuera International Circuit – Zuera: very fast and very smooth track
- USA – Naskart – Montville, Connecticut: is the largest indoor kart track in the world. The karts are electric, therefore zero emissions, and can reach speeds of 70 kilometers per hour.
DOCUMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS
In order to drive a kart you don’t need a B license.
However, you need a bit of agility to get in and a good physical shape to be able to keep the steering, rather hard, without causing pain in the arms on the second lap.
RECOMMENDED CLOTHING and EQUIPMENT
It’s mandatory to use a helmet (motorcycle model), which is provided to you on the track, if you do not have or do not want to use yours. They will also give you a balaclava and a suit to wear over your clothes.
We advise you to wear comfortable trousers and shoes.