Here are the 10 most common problems I see with karters, and how to fix them!
1) Moving hands around on the wheel.
This is what I fix straight away for so many drivers I work with. When youalter the way you grip the wheel or shift the position of your hands you are confusing the feedback signals that the kart gives you. Hold the wheel where you like, but keep your hands in a fixed position for the whole run.
2) Turning in to corners too hard.
Smoothness is so important at the wheel. And the surest way to destroy your chances of being super smooth is to jerk the steering into corners. Gently introduce your kart into corners and reduce steering adjustments to the absolute minimum.
3) Sliding the kart on exit.
Sliding the kart on exit reduces the ability of the tyre to accelerate you out of the corner. When you exit a corner you want the steering as straight as you can manage. A little angle on the steering is ok, but opposite lock on exit is killing your laptime.
4) Braking too gently.
Very common with slightly nervous karters is gentle braking. You need to reach the limit of braking almost immediately when you brake. Otherwise you won't be able to find the latest point to brake.
5) Increasing Brake pressure
Increasing brake pressure as you approach the corner can make a kart feel totally unstable. If you increase brake pressure as you close in on the apex you risk overloading the rear tyres and they can let go very quickly. Suddenly you are sideways and cursing your awful kart!
Instead start with almost 100% braking pressure and gently release it as you near the corner. The kart will feel rock solid.
6) Getting to the apex as fast as possible, at the cost of exit speed.
So many drivers will attack the entry to the corner because the kart allows them to do so. Then they bog on exit, often shaking their head blaming their slow engine.
Be smart and make sure you maximise exit speed before you start finding time in the entry phase of the corner.
7) Looking too short.
Almost every driver doesn't look far ahead enough through corners. You don't need to watch the apex until you hit it.
You need to push your vision forward, look at exit points at least 3 kart lengths before you reach the apex!
8) Driving whilst processing kart dynamics theory.
Intelligent drivers are very hard to help because they are constantly thinking about the dynamics of their kart whilst driving.
Forget all that, empty your mind and just drive, or you will always be a few tenths short of your potential!
9) Too much steering input
The key to being mega-quick is to imagine that the steering slows you as much as the brake. Use the wheel as sparingly as you can. Every extra degree of steering input is slowing you down.
10) Wheel-spinning in the wet
There are a lot of things you need to do in the wet, but they all are aimed at reducing the possibility of wheel-spin.
So, in the wet avoid using more throttle than the rear tyres can take - just don't wheelspin!