Brentwood Karting, Essex has super fast go karts for wet weather go karting. Close to London and Herts for all weather adult karting and junior karting.
Wet weather karting – master the techniques and win by miles!
Often we hear people say ‘I wouldn’t have a clue how to to handle go karts in wet weather’ or ‘why is it when I try wet weather karting, i’m always left behind sliding around on the track?’ Fear not my go-karting friends, we are here to help! Following on from our last months blog on outdoor karting and all weather go-karting, we are pretty confident that once you have read this article offering you all the wet weather tips and techniques you need to conquer our wet weather karting track in Essex, there will be just no stopping you. Here at Brentwood Karting in Essex we offer super fast go karts for wet weather go-karting. Close to London and Hertfordshire for all weather adult karting and junior karting, we are open all year and floodlit!
Wet weather adult go karting in Essex
Its no good assuming that if you handle a go kart in the dry it won’t be much different in the wet. For a start, with wet weather karting, you can forget about being super-smooth, also don’t be frightened of the kart, it won’t bite you for pushing it hard. In fact, I will say if your wet weather go karting you have to be much more physical, pushing yourself and your kart with a full on enthusiasm. So before we start, forget about being ultra-delicate on the brakes and turning the steering wheel tentatively (save that for when you get into F3)….we are focusing on stamping on those brakes to make tyres bite into the track, and snapping the steering wheel round like you want to bend the track rods!
The Wet Line for wet weather go-karting at Brentwood in Essex
Is the fastest line around the track in the wet the same as in the dry? 99% of the time the answer is no. I can’t tell you the exact wet line for every track, but if your wet weather karting at Brentwood in Essex I can give you a pretty good place to start.
Wet weather karting in Essex? – Stay off the Rubber!
In the dry the best grip is normally found on the normal racing line, and that is where all the tyre rubber gets laid down giving even more grip. But when it rains, rubber is super slippery- so you have to go and find a new line where there is no rubber. Normally its round the outside of the corner. If your planning adult karting or junior karting in wet weather, take a look at the circuit at Brentwood Karting in Essex, before you drive and you can easily see the darker racing line covered in rubber, and where you can see a lighter colour there isn’t so much rubber….and in the wet that’s where you want your kart to be! Keep those observations in mind when driving in the wet. You will find you need to experiment using the wet line, and there will be more than one way round on a wet line. You have to go out there and feel where that grip is -That’s pretty much it with the wet line…not so mysterious really
Wet weather go-karting techniques – you might not believe it, but it Works!!
Ok, for a kart to work and get you around a corner it needs to lift the rear wheel on the inside of the kart, and to do that it needs a certain amount of grip to get the chassis to roll over toward the outside front wheel. Now, in the wet you find there just isn’t enough grip around to get a kart to do that easily…..so we have to force the kart to tip! Here’s how we go about forcing go karts to work in the wet – Lets say you are approaching a tight 90 degree left bend
1. When you brake hit the pedal in a short sharp motion, enough to get the rear tyres to lock almost and bite into the track. A nice gentle push on the brake just won’t do because it kills the kart. We want the kart to feel quite lively, and you need to get it working and biting so you can get a feel for what grip is available. Also, you want to reduce the amount of time on the brakes and braking needs to be out of the way before you turn in.
2. Don’t forget now, we are taking a wet line away from the rubber. So we turn into the boot very very late. When you turn the wheel you snap it into full lock…hard and fast. Now, the kart doesn’t turn and spin….you turned the wheel so fast and it’s like you shocked it into a huge understeer. But, you are also getting maximum jacking effect from the front end and when the kart finds a bit of grip it will turn….and it will turn very sharp. Also, since the front end is sliding, it is slowing you down too, acting like your front brakes.
3. When you snap that steering wheel round, you will naturally need to lean forward a little because turning the wheel will extend your reach. That’s a good thing and you should lean forward and towards the outside of the kart. In doing that you are taking weight from the rear and putting it over the front, which helps the kart to lift that rear inside wheel.
4. When you get the timing right, you will find the kart turns quite hard and sharp, that’s when you need to get your weight back over the rear wheels, get the steering straight as possible and accelerate away, introduce the power gradually feeling for traction…always being careful to get as much traction as possible.
The best wet weather karting race track at Brentwood in Essex for adult karting and junior karting
Close to London and Herts for wet weather adult karting and junior karting, don’t you think its about time you came down to Brentwood Karting in Essex to get some practice wet weather karting in. The widest and best equipped go-karting track in Essex and the South East, we are open all year round and in all weathers, our floodlit go-karting circuit is one of the most demanding in the country. Brentwood Karting, Essex has super fast go karts for wet weather go karting. Close to London and Herts for all weather adult karting and junior karting. Our karting events are ideal for adult go karting, family karting, children’s go karting, Hen Parties & Stag Parties, corporate karting and team building events. Just a short trip from Aylesford, Basildon, Bromley, Barking, Billericay, Canvey Island, Dartford, Dagenham, Grays, Gravesend, Hornchurch, Maidstone, Orpington, Rainham, Rayleigh, Romford, Rochester, Sevenoaks, Wickford.