Introduction to Kart Racing
ON TRACK PROCEDURES
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do to get myself ready in my own mind before the start of a race?
Think good thoughts, don’t put pressure on yourself - think: “I don’t have to win, I am just going to have fun and enjoy myself”, “I can do this!”, “I’m excited”, “I’m looking forward to actually racing”.
If you are nervous, perhaps before an exam, is there anything else special that you do to help yourself?
Sometimes, taking a long deep breath and slowly breathing out can help – think: “I am calm and relaxed”. Focus on what you need to do when the lights change or the flag drops – think yourself through what you need to do next – a mental rehearsal
Why is it important to walk the track before a race?
To check the surface and consider where the racing line is and how you are going to approach the corners.
What sort of things should I be looking out for when I walk the track?
Surface conditions, wet, dry, greasy etc., the rough at the edge of the racing line – where to avoid.
What should I be looking out for when I am doing practice and warm-up laps?
Marshals posts, where flags will be waved. Tricky parts of the track.
What sort of tyres would I put on for dry conditions? Slick Tyres
For wet conditions? Threaded wet tyres.
What can sometimes be the best part of the track to drive on in wet conditions?
Around the outside.
Because the normal race line becomes very slippy as the oils and rubber dilute to the surface.
How would I change my driving if it started to rain?
By braking earlier before a corner and not making sudden movements of the throttle or steering.
Apart from being the quickest route, why is it generally better to stick to the racing line in dry conditions?
Because off the race line will have marbles of rubber which cause the kart to move around too much and lose grip.
Start & Finish Procedures
Should I stay in my grid position for the formation lap?
How will I know that the race has started? What do I look out for?
The race will be started with either a green flag being raised by the starter or if using a lights system the lights will switch from red to green.
What is the signal for a false start?
If it’s a lights start then the lights will not turn from red to green. If it’s a flag start then the starter, instead of raising the green flag, will raise his arm and make a rotating movement with his arm to signal to go around again. The drivers must then signal to each other the same way (arm held high and make a rotating movement).
How will I know that I have finished the race?
A chequered flag will either be held out or waved at the finish line.
Where do I go after I have finished my race?
Reduce speed and make your way around the rest of the lap, raise your arm high as you approach the last corner before you enter Parc Ferme.
When I am overtaking another competitor for position, who is responsible for overtaking cleanly?
The driver overtaking must ensure to do so without making accidental contact with the driver he/she is overtaking.
If somebody is overtaking me for position, what should I do?
Hold your line, do not make any sudden movements and the faster driver will always get past.
If I am black flagged, what should I do?
Return to Parc Ferme, ensure to raise your arm high before leaving the track and wait for an official to speak to you.
What is the first thing I should do if I have a problem at the start of a race, or during the race, which causes me to stall or slow dramatically, so that I am unable to keep pace with the rest of the field?
Raise your arm high so that other drivers recognise that you have a problem.
If I am being lapped by a leading competitor, what should I do?
Move off line (not suddenly) and allow the other driver through.
Pit-Lane/Parc Ferme Discipline
Before I leave the track to pull in to the pits, what must I do?
Raise your arm high to signal you are leaving the track.
How should I change my driving when I come into the pits?
You should slow down.
There is very little grip entering Parc Ferme, also there is a serious danger of you running into someone if you don’t slow down properly! You can be penalised for not slowing down properly when you come into the pits.
Stopping on the Circuit or having an accident
What should I do if I stop on the circuit or have an accident?
If there are karts approaching at speed, then stay in the kart with both your arms raised high up so that you will be noticed. When you are sure that the track is clear, then get out of the kart quickly and, if you can, move it to a safe location. FIRST AND FOREMOST, PROTECT YOURSELF. When your kart is clear of the track, go quickly to a safe place away from the track – either behind tyres or a barrier. DO NOT remove your helmet - keep it on until the race is over.
Can I see an Introduction to Karting Video?
Yes, download here to view. Or you can view it on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USjK4o_29Yc