Overtaking is the key to good kart racing. However, it
is one of the hardest things to learn because there is no magic
technique. Overtaking is improvised, it is “felt”. Also, if you are
only lapping about ˝ second faster than the driver in front of you, it
will be very difficult to overtake (unless they make a mistake, in
which case you have to seize the opportunity immediately). But don’t
worry, there are a couple of techniques to help you in this difficult
The first is to
let the driver in front gain a few yards when approaching a corner
that opens into a straight, and as you are supposedly better, you can
now negotiate the turn more quickly without being blocked. This means
you then have a better exit speed and you can comfortably pass your
opponent in a straight line. Stay in the slipstream of their kart for
as long as possible which will allow you to benefit from the “hole in
the air” and win you a few extra mph.
The second technique can help you pass your opponent
under braking. If during a short or long straight you realize that you
can’t overtake before the turn, try this (example using a right turn).
When your opponent brakes, put yourself slightly to their right and
brake a little later, the front of your kart will now be level with
that of the other driver who will be forced to take a longer line.
Being on the inside you will be better positioned and you can
accelerate before your competitor! But be aware of two things: make
sure that the other driver has seen you and will not be surprised by
the appearance of your kart; if there is a collision, you will be held
responsible and could be disqualified from the race.
The flags and their
Oversteer / Understeer
The racing line :
The racing line :
Special racing lines
The tight corner
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