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Master The Racing Line Instead

The best way to take the corner, in order minimise your lap time, is not to drift go karts but to master the racing line.

This, again, involves 3 components:

  1. Braking point

Each corner has a braking point. Or the point at which you should brake prior to the corner to maximise entry speed while reducing loss of traction and the chance of overshooting.

Learning the braking point takes practice. As this point will differ depending on the corner and your go kart. Essentially, you're learning how late you can brake without starting to drift go karts.

  1. Turn-in point

Knowing when and where to turn in is vital for mastering the racing line. If you leave it too late, you miss the apex. But, turn in too soon and you'll be required to tighten your line half way through the corner.

Again, this takes practice, as you must learn the track. As well as how your go kart handles the track. Get it right, however, and you'll set yourself up for a perfect racing line.

  1. The apex

The apex, also know as the clipping point, is the spot that you are closest to the inside of the corner. It's here that you can reduce steering lock and increase acceleration.

Getting the apex right is often difficult. But if you can nail it, you can power out of the corner and onto the next stretch. It is here that you will make up your kart's speed.

So, to get the best possible lap time, and to give yourself the best chance of winning the race, remember to practice your braking point, turn-in point, and apex.

Source: AceKarts

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