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Braking

Braking is very important in karting. It controls the entry into the turn, which in turn determines the acceleration. Excessive braking will probably spin the kart as only the rear wheels have brakes. It will likely cause a skid and a loss of grip, and as we saw earlier, oversteer. However, insufficient braking will cause you to enter the turn too fast, losing the ability to steer, i.e. understeer.

On a kart, it is important to know that the brakes do not react anything like those of a car. If you want to brake hard, you need to really push the pedal to the limit before releasing it very gradually. In order to optimize the balance of the kart, and therefore improve the handling, you have to stop braking before cornering, so when coming to a turn it is necessary to follow this sequence :

Release the accelerator pedal

Brake hard

Release the brake pedal

Corner

Accelerate gradually and as soon as possible (the best drivers maintain a slight acceleration throughout the turn).

If you use this method you can avoid going off the track or colliding with the edges. In karting it is important to remember that:

You accelerate or brake, but not both at the same time (if you do, you’ll spin)

You only brake while the steering wheel is straight (except in the case of emergency braking)

It is strongly recommended (except for beginners) that you always use one of the pedals, never let the kart “coast”, this can help you pick up a few extra tenths.

Introduction section
   Introduction
   Equipment
   The flags and their meanings
Fundamentals
   Oversteer / Understeer
   The racing line : theorical approach
   The racing line : examples
   Braking
   Overtaking
In depth
   Special racing lines
   In
the rain
   The tight corner
   Trail braking
   Looking for sponsors
Conclusion

 

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