I participated in a 6-heat event over the weekend, 206 Masters. The heats got progressively longer starting at 10 and ending at 20 laps. I did well in the first two heats near the back of the pack, but kept pace. I noticed that with the longer heats, I gradually got slower. I felt physically and mentally strong, but as the laps built up, the kart felt slower. The rear tires screeched more, and it seemed to lack power.
I’m running a 2008 CRG Kalifornia, which I understand is not ideal for LO206, but it’s what I could afford. Is it likely that an old, worn kart could contribute to slower times as the race wears on? I noticed my rear tires were covered in crack sealer from the track over time. I saw it on other karts, but not as bad. Could a too-stiff chassis lead to this?
I bought the kart 6 months ago when I just started karting and have been getting in seat time, participating in races, and overall I feel like I’ve improved a lot. I qualified 2nd for my third race, but didn’t finish well. Everyone else is running a chassis that’s 1-3, maybe 5 years old. I guess I’m trying to determine if it’s worth upgrading the chassis. My budget is limited, so an upgrade would mean something a couple years old at best.
Or do you think it’s my driving? I understand these are very vague questions without seeing my driving or the kart, but I’m hoping your collective experience can help me narrow some things down.