Assessing The Track Pre-Race

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Pre-race routines vary widely from driver to driver, from secret, superstitious rituals to visualisation and concentration techniques. It is important to devise a pre-race routine that works for you, leaving you feeling prepared, confident and focused. Assessing the track pre-race is something that can benefit all drivers. This is a particularly important pre-race step if you are new to a track. Surveying and analysing the track needn’t take long, and the pay off can be huge when it comes to your race performance. Whether you choose to get hold of and study a track map or walk around the track yourself, be sure to incorporate an analysis of the track […]

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A Good Diet For a Race

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When practicing or competing in any sport, nutrition is key. Karting is no exception. Whilst you should take care to eat a healthy, balanced diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains and lean protein all year round, it is important to pay particular attention to what you eat on race day. After all, your food is your fuel. When it comes to impressing the crowds and getting ahead of your competitors on the track, physical stamina and mental focus are everything. When competing, avoid sugary, fatty foods that are likely to send your insulin levels soaring, only to plunge back down again moments later. Instead, opt for slow release […]

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Recovering Motivation After Losing

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It can be challenging to revive your motivation after you’ve suffered a defeat but picking yourself up and moving on is vital for achieving a good result in the next competition. Change Your Attitude It’s rare that someone can win all of the time so don’t automatically think of yourself as a failure if you were soundly beaten in a particular qualifying session or race. It’s how you deal with these defeats that determines whether you will become successful or not. Don’t beat yourself for having ‘failed’ and instead accept that you are only human and are bound to have a bad day every so often. Believe in Yourself Having […]

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Qualifying Is A Crucial Part Of A Karting Race

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As qualifying won’t usually be a one lap shoot-out, you have the opportunity to spend most of the session familiarising yourself with the track before you set off on your ‘hot’ lap to try to claim the pole position. Unless you already know the track well, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to set your best lap on one of your first laps. Don’t leave it too late though or you may not get chance to actually put in your ‘hot’ lap, especially if your lap is compromised by other competitors who are out on track at the same time. If you do encounter ‘traffic’, it’s best to step off […]

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The Perils Of Sensory Overload

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Many drivers report experiencing sensory overload at the start of a race. Anticipation, adrenaline, race strategy and technical factors all jostle for space in the driver’s mind. It can be difficult to overcome this feeling of overload. Whilst the principles of ‘practice makes perfect’ can be applied to a variety of karting techniques, such as driving in wet weather, the number of authentic race starts experienced by an individual driver is obviously limited. So how can the sensory overload often experienced at the start of a race be tackled? For many, visualisation is the key to a successful race start. Visualising Your Successful Race Start To make the most of […]

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Consider Important Skills And Race Stages

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Part of the difficulty of getting to grips with racing strategy is the fact that it requires the driver to multitask, keeping several things in mind at once. In the course of one race, you will need to think about how to prepare for and carry out an effective start, how to tackle and time the track’s corners, which points to break at and how hard and who to overtake, when and how. You will also have to think about how to modify your driving style and strategy to suit the track’s surface and to make allowance for the current weather conditions. Race strategy is not simply a matter of tackling […]

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Advice For Go Kart Sprint Racing Training

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Being able to train yourself for go kart races is an important part of becoming a successful go kart driver. This can take several different forms, including pre-race visualisation, fitness and diet, but the most effective race training involves a combination of all of these. Using Visualisation Techniques Successful go kart racers often use visualisation techniques before a race. This tends to involve picturing the “perfect” race, and how you want it to pan out in an “ideal” world. Of course, this is unlikely to actually happen in reality, but it can help to focus your mind in preparation for the race ahead. Many drivers also like to spend some […]

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What Prevents A Driver From Overtaking

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Many drivers boast impressive lap times but, when it comes to a race situation, they are let down by their inability to overtake. The frustrating experience of being stuck behind a slower kart is one common to many drivers. So what’s the solution? Many drivers and spectators suggest that greater aggression on the part of the driver is what’s needed. Experts, however, contest this quick fix and highlight the gradual nature of the process of learning to overtake. We take a look at the recommended steps to success. What Prevents a Driver From Overtaking? First of all, it is important to understand the common factors that stop drivers from overtaking. […]

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