Hello there! First of I found your website a few months ago and became a fan of your work congrats!
Ok here we go:
- How competitive are you currently (how far off winning times)?
A: This is my second year in karting but my first with my own equipment (used to race indoor/rentals karts with low hp).
Last race the pole set “56.348” and I hit 57.125 - started P13 out of 19 and managed to finish P9.
IMO Doing great so far considering the level/experience of other drivers and the championship. So far P14 out of 28 on championship stands with two rounds to go.
- Were the two videos shot on different days, and if so, was the track grip level similar, and/or were you trying some of the suggestions above on the 2nd day?
A: The videos were shot on the same session with the same level of grip and same set of tires. They were not new, as I started the session with them being 40 laps old.
Yesterday I started to practice the new hand position, but the track was in a different layout so impossible to compare the lap times, but considering the feelings on same corners I believe that it helped a lot on smoothness over aggression inputs.
Same kart setup by the way.
- What made you ask the forum about this particular question (inputs)?
A: Pretty much a mix of those things:
“* You have a gut feeling the this might be an area that could use work
- You notice something when viewing your onboard video
- Read something about the importance of inputs”
Reviewing the videos I started to question myself if I was holding the steering wheel properly considering the tiny little movements entering and mid corner.
By being a rookie sometimes I feel that asking a lot about feedback to teammates or crew members will look like I’m being insecure and therefore weak. I know it’s silly but it’s better to hear a rough but honest feedback than “looks really good keep going“ as I’ve been told before.