Come rain or shine, the Lakeside Go Karting Race Track in Essex provides superb all year round, non-stop, all-weather, outdoor, floodlit, go-karting
Don’t let the rain dampen your outdoor go-karting spirits
If you‘re into your outdoor go-karting, you have probably already experienced wet weather karting. If not, you’re in for a real treat. At some point it’s bound to rain during your race, but you should never let that dampen your enthusiasm. Yes, outdoor wet weather karting can be challenging, but you will also be in for some of the most exciting go-kart racing to be had. Read on and get yourself booked in for some outdoor floodlit go karting at Lakeside Karting, Essex and we guarantee there’ll be no stopping you.
All Weather, Night Time Go-Karting at Lakeside Karting in Essex
Come rain or shine, Lakeside Karting, Essex can offer go-karting throughout the year. Drivers can polish their driving skills in wet weather or at night, driving on our floodlit karting track in Essex. Not only can you enjoy the full Le Mans 24 hour experience that outdoor karting brings, you can also learn how a kart handles in the wet weather and how this can enhance your everyday driving skills.
Do not fear wet weather outdoor go karting
Drivers fear the rain – they might not admit it, but you can bet your life they will be thinking it. When the rain falls, it can put people on the back foot and in the wrong frame of mind. Mentally, you need to be tough and squash any negative thoughts. Embrace the rain and show your fellow racers no fear – they won’t understand why you’re so confident and this will instantly shrink any ego they had into a state of non-existence. This will put you at an advantage before the race has even begun.
Outdoor wet weather go kart racing tips
Here in the UK, wet conditions are part and parcel of karting. Not many people relish the rain, but wet conditions favour drivers who are smooth, relaxed and precise. Here are my top tips to help you get the best from poor conditions. Master these techniques and you will be invincible when it starts to pour:
1. Controlling the throttle for all weather karting
If a driver tries to accelerate too hard or too quickly, the rear wheels will simply spin, rather than drive the kart round the corner. It is important for a driver to learn to gently apply the throttle progressively – this will allow the kart to pick up speed more gradually and lead to a faster getaway from each corner. Set yourself up early and you can get on the power earlier, and thus, smoother on the throttle.
2. Karting in wet weather – braking and turning off line
The normal racing line will become incredibly slippery when it is wet. If a driver tries to do anything on this line it generally results in the driver missing the corner as they can’t slow down or turn in. It is important to position the kart off line to slow down and turn in, this often means going deeper into the corner and then driving out tighter than the usual line.
3. Braking techniques for wet weather karting
When slowing the kart down off line, it is important to hit the brakes hard enough to slow the kart down as late as possible. However, if the brakes are hit too hard, the rear axle will lock up – this does very little to slow the kart down and often ends in a spin. In addition to applying the brakes, the driver can gently flick the steering as the braking period begins – the rear will slide and the higher skilled driver will be able to maintain the slide, aiding the slowing of the kart.
4. Using body weight to aid cornering on a wet go-karting track
The driver can use their bodyweight to increase the loading to the outside tyres. They can do this by leaning towards the outside tyres when cornering, for example leaning right in a left corner. While this works better with taller drivers, it will aid every size of driver to a certain degree.
5. Keeping warm when night time go-karting
While this may seem like common sense, it is one of the biggest challenges of racing in the rain. If it’s dark and wet and a driver gets cold, their focus will stray from hitting apexes and braking points, to “bloody hell, I’m freezing my B……. off!!!” Every effort should be made to dry off and warm up in between each session.
6. Wear the correct clobber for outdoor karting in Essex
In order to aid tip number 5, it is fundamental that the driver is wearing the correct kit to stay dry. Racewear items such as waterproof boots, gloves and wetsuit should all be worn in order to optimise the chances of staying dry. Lakeside Karting can provide all the kit you need to keep you dry when wet weather go-karting in Essex. However, we suggest that you don’t forget to pack an extra set of clothes (especially socks!) to change into if they do get wet.
7. Stopping the visor steaming up
When you are karting in wet weather, just like a car windscreen when it is raining, a visor will often steam up during a race. Restricting what the driver can do as they cannot see where they are going – this hinders performance and can be quite dangerous in extreme cases. There are a number of products in the market which can stop this, but if a driver is caught out at the track without them simple solutions can be used, such as washing up liquid.
8. Have some fun wet weather go karting at Lakeside Karting in Essex
Don’t be frightened about driving a go kart in the wet weather. Wet weather go-karting will give you the opportunity to be more physical in the kart, drive more forcefully and with flair. Wet karting on a floodlit go-karting track gives you more opportunity to let yourself go and have some fun!!!
9. Outdoor Go-Karting practice makes perfect
Lastly, don’t forget, wet weather go-kart racing is challenging, so practice in the rain as much as you can and next time you’re on the grid of a wet circuit, you can be sure you’re as prepared as possible.
So, what happens after you win your night time, all weather go-karting race?
You’ve read the Brentwood Karting Wet Weather Racing Tips blog; you’ve been down to Lakeside Karting in Essex, the widest and best equipped all weather go-karting in the South-East to put some practice laps in; you’ve tweaked the nose of danger and had the drive of your life, beating your competitors to 1st place on the podium!!! So, what happens next………? After you have soaked up all the congratulations, you and your mates will head upstairs for a large mug of piping hot coffee… all that hard work paid off – you have joined a group of elite drivers and your name is upon The Fastest 100 Drivers Of The Year board. Well done – you deserve it!
The all weather, floodlit go-kart race track at Lakeside Karting in Essex
Hopefully, you are now tempted to face your wet weather go-karting demons and come down to Lakeside Karting in Essex to get some outdoor go-karting practice in. The largest and fastest 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 – our only question to you is this…….do you think you can handle it?
Book your all weather, floodlit go-karting race online today and in no time at all you will be tearing around the fastest, all weather go-karting circuit in the South-East, easily accessible from both Kent and London. Visit Lakeside Go Karting track, Essex. At the Lakeside Karting race track in Thurrock and you will find exciting arrive and drive karting, family and kids go-karting events. With an all weather surface and fully floodlit, our karting events are run all year round. Don’t forget, we offer adult go karting, family karting, children’s go karting, Hen Parties & Stag Parties, corporate karting and team building events, and are just a short trip from Aylesford, Basildon, Bromley, Barking, Billericay, Canvey Island, Dartford, Dagenham, Grays, Gravesend, Hornchurch, Maidstone, Orpington, Rainham, Rayleigh, Romford, Rochester, Sevenoaks, Pickford.