Racing against your colleagues in an epic, action-packed battle of karting is always a fun and exciting experience, especially if you have the opportunity to beat your Manager or Supervisor in the process. However, if this is the first time diving into the world of karting, there’s a few things you’ll need to know before you can drive like a pro.
What to Wear
During a race with your co-workers, you want to ensure that you are completely comfortable. Therefore, it’s extremely important to know what the wear. There’s nothing worse than taking a corner and realizing the pants you decided to wear is too tight.
Therefore, we highly recommend wearing comfortable clothing that will allow you to stretch without any limitations. A simple t-shirt and jeans will do the trick. When it comes to footwear, we suggest wearing trainers as they are the best for racing. Please keep in mind that heels or open toe won’t be allowed during a race.
Upon arrival, you will receive gloves and overalls before hitting the track, so ensure your clothing isn’t too heavy either. It gets pretty hot after the adrenaline kicks in during a race. If you are someone with long hair, make sure you tie it back as you’ll be given a helmet as well. It’s also advisable that you remove all jewellery as you don’t want to lose it around the track.
How To Drive
Once you in the appropriate gear and you went through the safety talk, it’s time to jump in the kart and strap yourself in. Once you fastened the seatbelts, ensure you know which pedal is accelerate and which is brake. Left will always be brake, while right will always be the accelerator. Now it’s time to learn how to drive the kart with a few simple steps:
1. Sit comfortably: Positioning and posture will play a key role in your performance as they greatly affect speed and handling. Ensure your back is flat against the seat while your hands are symmetrically on the steering wheel.
2. Start off by gently pressing the gas pedal until you start moving. You’ll need to practice and examine how much you actually need to press to get the kart moving.
3. Ensure you get familiar with the brake pedal. Practice this before you pick up too much speed. Braking while turning or sharp braking will slow you down quite significantly as you’ll lose traction.
4. Keep things smooth: The secret to enjoying a successful race is the completely avoid the urge to suddenly brake as this will cause you to lose a lot of momentum. Rather brake in a straight line to keep traction and pace. The key to winning is smooth driving.
5. Keeping the kart straight as much as possible will greatly help with your lap times and ensure that you maintain your speed.
6. Keep a safe distance from other drivers and especially the barriers.