The karting scene - types of kart, types of event, racing classes. Getting started - kart set-up, controls, race procedures. The racing line - reading and learning the track, cornering techniques. Kart control - kart behaviour, steering, pedal input, using body weight, racing in the rain, advanced techniques. Racecraft and race strategy - overtaking, defensive lines, backmarkers, accidents, racing etiquette, race starts, sprint/endurance tactics, pit strategy. Physical/mental preparation - fitness training, diet, routines, focus, driver aids. Technical issues - maintenance, typical problem areas, diagnosing faults. Appendices providing circuit guides and directory of useful contacts.
Joao Diniz Sanches is a freelance journalist with a passion for all forms of motorsport. He has been an active kart racer for several years. His other passion is computer gaming, about which he has written extensively. He lives at Frome in Somerset.