LMK Speed Secret – The outside hairpin. While this is a seemingly simple corner, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. Defensive lines to prevent passing, compromise between entry and exit speeds, setup for the esses: these are all things to be considered.
Since this is a sharp turn at the end of a high-speed section, there is a natural passing opportunity here. So if you’re being followed closely, taking a tighter, defensive line will help prevent getting passed on the inside. In our previous post we said that the kart should be positioned about mid-track to set up for corner entry, so we’ll continue with the normal racing line.
This turn should be treated as not a single entity, but the first in a series of four turns. Get this one wrong and you’ll have a hard time with the rest. Starting corner entry mid-track and taking a tighter line (as opposed to starting farther left near the barrier) gains you time because you cover less distance, and because the following section of esses is slower speed, you can drive in deeper and compromise your exit speed slightly. Driving style plays a small part here, so experiment using this as a baseline. No matter how you do it, you’ll want to end up here:
You’re now looking straight ahead at the esses, which we’ll cover next week.