First time posting in these forums.
Kart dad and crew chief for an 11 year old, in an older Birel cadet kart using a Briggs LO206 with red slide.
We started with this kart about half way through last season. We had a somewhat late start to this season due to Covid, and we are now half way through. Prior to this, my son raced a few years in caged circle track karts(Champ). He really enjoys it. We have no illusions of being the next Lewis Hamilton, but we always desire to improve when possible.
Being 11, we are working on things that he can articulate to me to help with setup etc. He is solidly mid pack and improving.
As he’s learning, I’m learning with the wrench. Now that he’s getting consistent on the course, I think logging setup info is important.
What information are you documenting with your young racer? I notice there are a few android apps out there that allow you to organize that info, do you like one in particular? Go with a notebook too?
What techniques are you using to reliably to get the info? More importantly, how are you using the info at the track and at home to perfect your setup. What tools are you using?
Currently I have a very good tire pressure gauge. Kart has a mychron5, with rpm lead. I have a temp sensor for the spark plug(CHT?), I’ve read mixed things as to whether that temp is useful or even legal to use. I have some flat plates to use to figure out toe. Bathroom scales to figure corner weights(not the most reliable, but better than nothing).
Certainly seat time is the most important thing for him. Is there anything he can do to help learn on track techniques and line? Would a go pro or similar provide worthwhile info(he’d love to have one I’m sure)? Where do you mount it? I’m not a fan of helmet mounts as I think it can point load the helmet during an impact.
Garbage in and garbage out, if the info isn’t accurate, it’s not of much use. We are both rookies in this endeavor, so many things may be too advanced for our current level. What was important to you, or what do you wish you learned earlier?
Thank you for your time.