This is my first season karting. I’ve attached a link to a race from earlier today. I would love feedback.
(https://pacificgp.com/ has an LO206 winter race series that I’m participating in. The track changes direction every race; today’s race was run counter-clockwise. I’ve driven this track in rental karts in both directions. I’ve driven the track in the clockwise direction in the previous race (link below).
Today, I drove the track in the counter-clockwise for the first time in my LO206 2017 Fernando Alonso (OTK) kart - I had intended to practice earlier in the week but couldn’t get out to the track. The video is my fourth or fifth track session of the day; each session was at least seven minutes.
The air temperature was around 40F (~4C to 5C). The tires are LeCont Red and were new at the start of the day. The tire pressure in my pit after the sessions was around 13PSI all around. I was targeting 14PSI. I believe they may have been that during driving and had cooled significantly by the time we went through the scales, put the cart on the stand, moved it to the pit and made the measurements.
Generally, I felt the kart was lacking grip BUT I’m too new to know (this is one of the chronic problems of being new in that one doesn’t know exactly why) but I’m sure with your input and getting a lot more experience, I’ll learn what is going on, why and what to do about it. I found I didn’t have my throttle or braking points down (very reasonable given my lack of practice and experience level) - for turn 1, I’m consistently braking early - I feel this is the case because I was coasting into the turn and thought I could have come in a little faster. I was mentally processing this and this occupied my brain and I didn’t get back on the gas as soon as I would have liked. I need to figure out a technique where I park analysis for later rather than take time from driving in the moment. Also, I don’t think I’m braking particularly hard i.e. I’m gentle? Based on @Terence_Dove’s braking chapter, I was trying to do most of the braking while going straight and then at the end - while the weight is transferred to the front, initiating the turn but with the rear coming around, I’m a bit pensive.
I did have a few spins trying to find grip, figure out the line, braking/acceleration points. Under heavy braking, I think the kart has a tendency for the back to come around. I will have to go through all my video and see if I had any steering input when that happened - I really wish I had brake pressure and steering input.
I consistently found that I was not at full throttle because I was just not comfortable with the line - I don’t know “what would have happened if I had gone to full throttle” i.e. would the rear end come out (oversteer) or the front would have plowed (understeer). Now that I’m writing this, I think there were times when I was going faster through a turn and the rear was drifting out and I was countersteering and I suspect I didn’t want to push it because I’ve been told over and over again, sliding is slow. Also, given that this was a competitive event and there were other people on the track, there is no way I would have experimented. I need to add this to my list of things to try during a practice session.
One observation is that my camber is off - the left front has no wear on the outer edge. The rubber on the right front seems to be more centered.
Anyway, I look forward to your assessment, guidance, critique, and suggestions on what I should keep doing, stop doing, start doing, experiments and drills to run, etc. Thank you in advance.
PS: This is the video
running the other way. Tires were 5 races old. Temperature was the same. Rest of the story is the same.