the track we run at has the nicest people I have ever met the racers no matter what class are always helpful.He has made a great friend that runs his class and tells him everything they have on their kart from gearing to stagger to whatever he wants to know and they are a front runner so they have helped a lot I have enough tires to give him a good selection of stagger and know what each one does as far as percentages I try not to change things up for him to much cause I think he just adjust his driving to whats the kart is doing but he cant tell me what its weak point is oh well practice practice practice thanksIf you are new to karting and he is new to karting then I would try to find a successful veteran Sr. Driver to help out with your program. Tires are extremely important in karting these days and if you are off a little it can make a big difference. 12 is a tough age to start as most kids have been racing for years by then. An experienced Karter should be able to help him learn lines as well. I had 10 years experience racing late models an this is our 4th year of karting and I still find myself picking wrong tires because the slicks are completely the opposite of late model tires.
we take video and I try to explain what he did wrong or what he did right he does good while in the pack when he doesnt have a choice of where to go but when he gets separated he is all over the place maybe over trying. in car would be nice just limited on funds (retired) thanksDo you take video? It can be really valuable as an inexperienced driver. Both from the stands and in-kart footage are helpful for different things. From the stands it's useful to see where the rest of the field is getting runs. And how maybe a poor entry not only effects exit but could loose ground all the way into the next corner. Learning that stuff the first time takes seeing it a few times. And I would guess that at your driver's experience level he isnt sensing it in the kart.
In-kart footage can be helpful to get a more detailed look at where on the track you're entering the corner. What the driver is doing with the wheel, when. You dont get the bigger 'field' level perspective but can help toward consistency. Combining that with a track walk may help the driver notice where they are on the track vs where they need to be
thanks I didn't know that and that is exactly what it looks like thanksSomething else to add. Think about what cancer survivors call “chemo brain”. After chemo it is very common for survivors to have a much slower thought process and a shorter memory. On the track the driver has to be thinking around each corner, remembering where the hood line was on each corner, watching through the turn and down the straights, watching other drivers for signs that they might be changing up their lines or losing control, feeling how their kart is handling, and looking for a good chance to pass. Maybe after a couple of laps he starts to get confused with all of the stimulus he gets on the track. The only cure for this is time and experience. Some survivors do not experience this but many do.
Starting out, my grandson driver (10) would not listen to anything I told him.
I got a young (20's) driver to tell him basically the exact same thing I was telling
him and he listened.
good ideal one of his competitors he has become good friends with is a front runner might see if he will do it this weekendwe have some really good drivers and people at our local track. Have one of the front runners go out after your finished up for the day and let him tail him so he can get a hang of the line. And what speed he needs to hit it at where to brake at.
yes we have both made good friends and he is learning to do everything on the kart i show him once then he does it from then on havent let him adjust valves yet but let him check them after I do. when he started he didnt even know how to put air nozzle on the hose now he checks his own tire pressure I might recheck when he is not around but they are always right on so he is learning .seems to take pride in being able to change his own gears and washing tires and all that has to be done so he must be enjoying itIf a young person is making friends, learning, and working hard and it's a nice positive group of racers to me that's a fantastic experience right there. And I've heard that the learning curve for kids with racing can have long plateaus where it seems like no progress is happening, and then all of a sudden they put it together and make a big step all at once.
It is not something people really hear about unless they or someone they know has been through chemo. I learned about it after my mom had 6 months of chemo 7 years ago, sometimes when there s lot of outside stimulation she forgets simple things for a few seconds until her brain catches up in processing. With a lot of stimulation she loses a little of the fine motor skills and fast decision making. She reverts back to gross motor skills and reacting on instinct. So if this is happening to him when he is overcome by the stimulation in his mind he is processing everything in real time when in reality he is a second behind. He reverts to instinct and muscle memory. This will improve as he gains experience if this is what is happening.thanks I didn't know that and that is exactly what it looks like thanks