Karting help - near Reading

Karting help - near Reading

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Frimley111R

15,723 posts

236 months

Friday 17th March 2023
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So, we did our first 'Elite' night. 4 x 10min sessions, qauli, grid, reverse grids and random. It's our first time in the Elite group and it was a mix of people who go karting a lot, perhaps every week as well as weekends and perhaps people like us who go every month or so. Essentially, the quickest drivers.

Our karts were turned up to setting 4 (shown on a display between your legs) and were much faster. This sounds good, and it was, but it makes them totally different to drive. Their acceleration is much stronger meaning coming out of corners requires smooth throttle input, not just 'nail it'. If you do nail it it just puts you into the barrier. The speed that you enter tighter corners is higher and so you have to be careful of this and really adopt skilled braking into the corner mindset. In the tight hairpin at the top you are really launching the kart into it. Even the big sweeping bends were more challenging and it was easy to understeer into the barrier.

It's far more tiring than the std 2 x 15 min sessions as you have to work much harder to control the karts (more fitness needed). This wasn't helped by only 5 min breaks between sessions.

TBH I struggled with it for the first few sessions, just adjusting to the ... well everything! The last session was much improved but we were all 2.5-3.0 seconds faster than in the karts on level 4 power.

The boost button didn't get used in the first 2 sessions as I my brain was so full trying to cope with everything I barely got time to think about it!

It will definitely take time to master but now we're been to level 4 power a std level 3 power kart on the 2 x 15 min sessions we do will be a bit slow I think

ccr32

1,983 posts

220 months

Saturday 18th March 2023
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I didn't realise they had a setting which was turned up for member only events... is it only Elite members that get the full fat level 4?

Bullett

10,899 posts

186 months

Saturday 18th March 2023
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Yes, and then only on club night, which is Thursday at Farnborough.

markda

804 posts

260 months

Monday 8th January
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TeamSport is ideal for 11yo birthday. Farnborough and Reading both electric now (personally prefer F’boro).
Thruxton good, at 11yo they will be in the Cadet karts on the smaller circuit, great fun but if it’s this time of year I’d check they have rain suits.

Frimley111R

15,723 posts

236 months

Tuesday 9th January
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markda said:
TeamSport is ideal for 11yo birthday. Farnborough and Reading both electric now (personally prefer F’boro).
Thruxton good, at 11yo they will be in the Cadet karts on the smaller circuit, great fun but if it’s this time of year I’d check they have rain suits.
I'd stick with indoor in winter as even with rain suits it is pretty miserable being outside in the wet.

GlobalRacer

264 posts

15 months

Tuesday 9th January
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The amount you learn about vehicle control racing in freezing, wet conditions on slick tyres can't be underestimated though.

Frimley111R

15,723 posts

236 months

Wednesday 10th January
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GlobalRacer said:
The amount you learn about vehicle control racing in freezing, wet conditions on slick tyres can't be underestimated though.
Well I suppose but unless you're karting competitively and frequently it is mostly just frustrating, cold and slow.

GlobalRacer

264 posts

15 months

Thursday 11th January
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Well if you don't want to get better what's the point? Doesn't matter if you kart every weekend or once a month with your mates.

Maybe I'm just too competitive but back in the days when I did arrive and drive karting I don't recall anyone who just wanted to drive round and round for the sake of it.

Frimley111R

15,723 posts

236 months

Thursday 11th January
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GlobalRacer said:
Well if you don't want to get better what's the point? Doesn't matter if you kart every weekend or once a month with your mates.

Maybe I'm just too competitive but back in the days when I did arrive and drive karting I don't recall anyone who just wanted to drive round and round for the sake of it.
You enjoy it?

If you're only going occasionally (once or twice a year) you just do the best you can. You try to win/be competitive but ultimately it's just an occasional fun activity.

I think that, as you said above, you're a bit overly competitive for hire karts

Bullett

10,899 posts

186 months

Thursday 11th January
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We've mostly binned it off for winter, it's cold wet and miserable, indoor or rental to keep the lads eye in.

It's given my wallet time to recover and I have stripped and rebuilt the kart down to the frame.