Between karting indoors and outdoors, the thing that differentiates them from each other is handling different weather conditions. One may probably think that karting in adverse weather conditions is not a safe thing to do. Nevertheless, a lot of kart racers still manage to do well on the track despite such a terrible weather.
To be successful in the racing track during poor weather conditions, it takes more than just the usual kart racing skills. There are certain maneuvers and once you get a good grip of all these, it will be of great advantage for you against other racers. Indeed Go karting in bad weather is perhaps the ultimate test for handling a Go kart.
Braking In Wet Weather
Braking on wet tracks is very much different than braking on dry ones. Normally, braking should not be very aggressive to prevent sudden stops. On the other hand, during bad weather conditions, it is recommended to get a little on the hard line.
When braking on wet lines, one should aim to press on the brake sharply so that the rear tires will lock and hang on the track. By doing this procedure, the Go kart will not slide or fly off the circuit because the tires will have sufficient facility to grip the track.
Turning Into Corners In Wet Weather
Drivers who are not very skilled at driving in wet tracks prefer the dried out lines out of lack of confidence that they may not make it driving in the wet. What they do not really know is that a lot of the rubber material from the other drivers’ tires will then collect in the dry surface and this can be unsafe given that the material will only make the track slippery hence creating a lesser grip on these drier lines.
It is thus better to just take the wet lines where less rubber material exists. One can notice the difference between tracks that collected more rubber than those that have less debris since less rubbish lines are lighter.
The right move would be to turn into the curve the latest possible time. With the simultaneous leaning forward to the outside of the Go kart, rotate the wheel sharply to fasten them up. This scheme lets the tires clasp the track and consequently reducing the likelihood of sliding while the leaning reacquires the balance of your Go kart.
By the moment you find the right timing, though usually requires a trial and error process, the Go kart should turn into the corner in one hard and sharp motion. At this instant, you have to lean back to properly distribute your weight and maintain the balance of your Go kart. Once you get to stabilize, set the steering wheel straight up and increase speed but keep it in a gradual manner. By perfecting this maneuver, this can be another area to gain advantage over fellow drivers.
Naturally, accidents in the track happen most of the time during bad weather conditions. With the extra caution coupled with the right maneuvering, there would be a smaller probability that the driver will compromise his or her own safety. Of course, this would not be possible without a good amount of practice. Most kart drivers do not bother practicing in the rain so this will definitely give you an edge over them.