Lakeside Karting, Essex has super fast go karts for wet weather go karting. Close to London and Kent for all weather adult karting and junior karting.
Wet weather karting – techniques and tips that will have you first over the finishing line!
If you have never experienced the thrills and spills of wet weather karting before, then its time you did. Don’t be scared of being left behind in a tsunami of spray, because following on from last months blog on all weather karting and outdoor go karting, we are pretty sure that once you have read this article about the joys of wet weather karting in Essex there will be no stoping you. Here at Lakeside Karting in Essex we offer the fastest wet weather go-karting in the country with super fast go karts for wet weather go karting. Close to London and Kent for all weather adult karting and junior karting we are open throughout the year.
Wet weather adult karting in Essex
Contrary to what you may think, wet weather karting is a whole lot of fun, and one of the many reasons people think otherwise, is because they have never taken the time to learn how to drive a go kart in the wet. Learning a few simple wet weather karting techniques will totally transform your karting experience and before you know it you will be looking forward to karting on our international circuit at Lakeside in Essex. The first thing you want to do is to forget about being ultra-delicate on the brakes and turning the steering wheel tentatively (save that for when you get into F3)….we are going to talk about stamping on the brakes to make tyres bite into the track, and snapping the steering wheel round like you want to bend the track rods!
Find the Wet Line for wet weather go karting at Lakeside 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 the Lakeside International circuit in Essex I can give you a pretty good place to start.
Wet weather karting at Lakeside 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 you planning an adult karting event or junior go karting at Lakeside Karting in Essex, take a look at the circuit 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 and that is pretty much it with the wet line…not such a mystery after all!
Wet Driving Techniques that really work!
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. 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! So here’s how we go about forcing the kart to work in the wet – Say for instance that 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. Remember we are taking a wet line away from the rubber. So we turn into the boot very very late. And 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 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 fastest wet weather karting race track at Lakeside in Essex for adult karting and junior karting
The Daddy of all go-kart racing circuits can be found at the Lakeside Essex International Race Circuit in Thurrock. This huge, floodlit, out door, all weather, go-karting race track is 900 metres long and combines ten challenging corners, three full blast straights, and two daunting hairpins, which all adds up to one of the fastest and most demanding, outdoor go karting circuits in the country. Close to London and Kent for wet weather adult karting and junior karting, don’t you think its about time you came down to the Lakeside International Go Karting in Essex to get some practice wet weather karting in.
The wet weather, floodlit go kart race track at Lakeside Karting in Essex
Now that you’ve committed these wet weather karting tips to memory, come down to Lakeside Karting in Essex to get some outdoor go-karting practice in and release the champion within you! The largest and fastest go-karting track in Essex and the South East, we are open all year round and in all weathers for adult karting and junior go karting.
Lakeside Karting, Essex has super fast go karts for wet weather go karting. Close to London and Kent for all weather adult karting and junior karting. 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. 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.