September 11, 2014 at 9:49 am #33489
September 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm #33526
Which track is that? What kind of kart?
I wouldn’t bother about trying to map out a line. Just drive it and do what the faster than you people do. Eventually, you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t.
September 12, 2014 at 9:22 am #33555
The red line, although coming off the hairpin on the left, the driver should swing left to set up for the right-hander.
September 12, 2014 at 9:33 am #33556
Thanks…the track is a local indoor 1/4 mile track. I have been having trouble mastering the hairpin turn and that twisted turn where I have the two options. What did you mean about going more left into the hairpin? You mean enter earlier and hug the inside barrier ?
September 12, 2014 at 9:56 am #33557
Red line both corners.
Never drive down the middle of the track, as shown in the purple line into the hairpin. Also, why are you hugging the inside into turn 2? Every corner should be a long sweeping arc for the most part, especially in low-powered rentals.
September 12, 2014 at 12:31 pm #33561
Some days I have waayyy to much time. LOL!
September 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm #33564
So I hit the track today at lunch. They had made modifications. Personally…hate them. Much slower. The 2 worst areas of the track they made even harder by thinning out the area so that one kart can only make it through and your forced to twist around each corner instead of finding a straight line through. The first hairpin now has a corner dip right before the hairpin. On the opposite side of the track, they brought the middle barrier out further so that you have to twist the kart around it. You can’t carry any momentum now and have so slow way down. You lose about a full second. Check it out. Thoughts?
September 12, 2014 at 5:47 pm #33572
Basically you’re making the common rookie mistake of driving straight from apex to apex, you need to use all of the track which means slowing down in certain spots so you can go much faster in others.
Ex: The last 3 turns coming onto the front straight are all wrong. You want to slow down in the first turn and hug the left side of the track to get an early apex for the next turn which you should try to drive straight across (your driving straight across it now but at the wrong angle). Then you’ll be in a position for a big sweeping turn onto the front straight. Also, swing it all the way to the right coming onto the straight.
September 12, 2014 at 7:02 pm #33574
Thanks for the tips gif. Appreciate it.
September 16, 2014 at 8:47 am #33891
ok…so this look better? Would this yield a faster line and better time? Also the karts get up to about 40-45 so does my gas and braking look about right? I have just been gauging it until I start to feel and hear the wheels losing traction and squealing. Don’t want that or is a little acceptable?
oh and racing direction is this way
September 16, 2014 at 9:11 am #33892
That looks worse. If it’s any consolation that looks like a very technical track.
September 16, 2014 at 9:16 am #33893
now Iam really confused lol. I just redrew it going by your pointers? Care to redraw it showing what you think it the correct line? Would appreciate it. Trying desperately to drop a full second off my time. I know it would come immediately but I would like to be on the right line.
September 16, 2014 at 11:12 am #33896
Did they switch directions of the track when they changed the layout? It’s now Clockwise?
Your breaking and gas points seem to indicate Counter-Clockwise.
September 16, 2014 at 11:53 am #33900
I wish I could draw it for you but I don’t know how. Going CCW, at the end of the main straight I would be on the left side of the track.
September 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm #33903
Track is and has always been run counter clockwise. It definitely is a difficult one.
I updated the track with the newest line I tried out today. Still wasn’t getting much better then the other line I was running before. Best before was a 32.5. Today’s best was a 32.7. The top ten drivers are running this at 31.4-31.8. I ran a best of a 31.9 before they changed it up and pushed the barrier out more at the place I feel I am losing the most time.
Iam trying hard to follow and understand Walt. Your suggesting running down the stretch closest to the pits on the left side? In order to get that line, I would have to cut the apex and lose all the momentum I would gain coming out of the long swooping corner just prior to that. I honestly can say I have never seen anybody do this at the track. Not insulting you just stating a fact.
Iam hopefully going to be able to run with the top 10 guys sometime in a couple of weeks. This will allow me to see what lines they are running. In the meantime any pointers still kindly appreciated.
September 16, 2014 at 6:32 pm #33918
I interpreted what Walt was saying as this, with a few other things I’d try.
September 16, 2014 at 6:35 pm #33919
I’ve also found on indoor tracks that body weight is a HUGE factor, as is ambient temps….on cold days the heavier guys were insurmountably faster as they could get more heat into the tires… On warmer days, my lighter weight / better acceleration won out.
September 16, 2014 at 7:12 pm #33920
Thanks Tom. Will give it a shot. I’ll post back the results Friday afternoon. That’s the next time I’ll be out on the track.
September 17, 2014 at 9:20 am #33947
You make the turn onto the straight as wide as you can and end up on the right side of the track then over the length of the straight you slowly cross over to the left side so you’ll have the best angle on the kink.
Now if I can try to explain about S turns. When you are in the S turns, when you get to the apex of the turn you need to hug that side of the track a little longer to get a better angle on the next turn.
On the final series of S turns before the main straight you have a left turn, a right turn and another left turn onto the straight. I’ll call these turns 1,2 &3. When you get to the apex of turn one hug the left side of the track a long long time until you’re out in the marbles way out there where nobody goes then turn hard to the right so you go straight across the apex of turn 2. When you’re passing the apex of turn 2 this is the start of turn 3 which should be as big and wide as possible ending on the right side of the straight. So, what you’ve done is sacrifice turn one so you’ll have a wider and faster turn 3 which will increase your straight speed. then use the whole length of the straight to cross over to the left side.
September 17, 2014 at 10:52 am #33951
September 18, 2014 at 10:39 am #34020
September 18, 2014 at 11:46 am #34023
Awesome! Thanks Walt. Yeah was a bit confused a to what was 1 and 2. Funny thing is I had it like your picture originally through the S turns on the back part. ahhhhh well I have a battle plan for tomorrow now! Again huge thanks coming from someone with a lot of experience.
September 18, 2014 at 11:13 pm #34041
I think you got everyone confused with the direction of your track drawings
One time you posted this:
oh and racing direction is this way
This is to me an indication that the track is ran clock wise correct?
The other thing was when you asked Walt that if by going to the left side would mean being closer to the pitts? Is to me an indication that you’re running clock wise on the main straigthaway, correct?
You also posted another picture of the drawing with lots of arrows pointing the opposite direction (counter clock wise )
I can see where every body is trying to help you, and indeed they are very accurate, but I don’t know if they’re following your running direction.
Because if you’re going clockwise I would totally wanna go as close to the pit lane, to the left side and then cut it inside of turn 1.
Please correct me if I’m wrong, as I’m going by the arrow you posted, but then I got confused by your drawing with bunch of blue arrows going on the wrong direction from your other post.
September 22, 2014 at 8:43 am #34226
Freddy, sorry to confuse. Not sure if you have been able to see this whole thread or just the first post. I have explained everything better and provided a better representation of the track. Also received some excellent advice from Walt whom has 46 years karting experience. And with that…
I picked up 5 tenths on friday just using Walts battle plan. So best time was a 32.0. I would be happy knowing that but I also was made aware that 2 guys are now approaching the 30 second marker. They ran a 31.111 and a 31.0 friday night. OUCH! Iam hoping to be able to get a run in on Wednesday to be able to follow the guy around that clicked off the 31.111. We were talking on friday. I’ll post up more then.
Thanks to everybody!
September 23, 2014 at 10:20 am #34301
Update: So I was able to get a video from a friend running the track and was able to redo the map. I was off quite a bit after reviewing the actual video of running the track. This is what the track actually looks like. Its even more difficult then what I have pictured up to now. Iam meeting up with the “fast guys” this thursday evening to see what line they are running. Walt if you see this and can add any pointers before I go on thursday, feel free to share.
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