10 TIPS TO USE IN A KARTING ENDURANCE RACE
The world of karting races is basically divided into two big “families”, the sprint racing, which format is a handful of laps, all while experiencing a pounding heart while driving at top speeds and the endurance racing where consistency and team organization play an important role. This second type of racing is certainly the one that best lends itself to having fun with friends, planning strategies and sharing unexpected events, defeats and victories. This field offers different levels of competition, from amateur races with rental karts for indoor tracks to the karting version of the 24 hours of Le Mans, raced with 2-stroke kart engines and with competitive and prepared teams often enriched by the presence of professional drivers.
Whatever the race or the objective you have in mind here are 10 tips that will surely help you living life to its fullest and the amazing experience of an endurance race in a kart.
Endurance karting is a team sport: the group prevails over its single members! Every competition mandates a minimum and a maximum number of drivers. If you’re not an expert, aim for the maximum so there will be more of you to divide the costs as well as track time, which means you’ll save on money and energy. If, instead, you have a team that’s tried and tested...keep with it (never change what works).
Do your best to get “there” first (at the finsih-line). And in any case get “there” as early as you can (on track), so you have time to personalize your assigned kart with team decals and allow every team member to find the driving position that suits him. You won’t be able to change the set-up, but what you can do is pad your seat: comfort is a crucial factor in endurance racing.
Briefing attendance is mandatory. Make sure all your team members participate and... pay attention! This is your one and only chance to review the race rules your team will be held accountable to: duration of turns, the meaning of flags, driver changes and fueling.
The stopwatch should be the first item on your packing check list! Most tracks are equipped with a live timing board, but having your own watch allows you to keep an eye on the most important variable of endurance racing: time management! Set your stopwatch to the track’s timing system and you can’t go wrong... even in case of a blackout.
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