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Getting Started – All You Need To Know To Win On The Track

You’ve just been invited to your very first go-karting event. Whether it’s a friend’s birthday party, a first date, or a corporate outing, you’re going to have a blast at VB Motorworld. You’re excited but at the same time, you also have no idea what to expect! Never fear, we’ll walk you through some things that will prepare you to fall in love with this sport just like many others.

Know Yourself and Your Group

Are you ultra-competitive? What about the people you’re with? Competition is great, but there are a time and place and a reason it’s often referred to as “friendly.” Unless you’re running in an actual race (which we hope you’re not doing on your very first visit), you might want to tamp down those cutthroat characteristics so you can actually have fun! You might not win every race, and you definitely should have fun the entire time!

We Made You a Cheat Sheet

Spoiler alert…you can absolutely have a great time without knowing a thing before you walk in. But we wanted to give first-timers an idea of what to expect, so take a look at our 7 tips to win on the track if you’re interested. You’ll find the low down on the techniques you’ll need to win any kind of race and tips to have that much more fun.

Tips and Tricks

Speaking of driving tips, let’s talk about a few. Changing lanes across four lanes of traffic while simultaneously stomping on the gas and brake pedals doesn’t work as well. Smoother driving means a faster time, and while you don’t want to ruin the fun by being overly competitive, you probably do want to win! Also, drafting really does work just like you learned from Tom Cruise in the movie Days of Thunder. If you safely follow the faster drivers, you’ll have lower lap times. And this may seem like a no-brainer, but try not to hit the barriers or other go-karts. It makes your kart harder to handle and also slows you down.

Play By the Rules

Beyond needing to be a certain height for the different karts, it’s all pretty much common sense. You have to attend a safety briefing before getting your kart; wear closed-toed shoes and a helmet; make sure your hair or clothing won’t get in the way, and never stop your kart or get out of it while you’re on the track. And again, this isn’t bumper carts, so no hitting the other racers!

Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!

We know you’ll have a fantastic time racing with us at VB Motorworld. You might even fall in love with the sport and decide to join some of the leagues we have set up, just ask your attendant about them before you take off!

Motorworld: Beginner Go Karting Tips

7 Tips On How To School Everyone On The Track In Virginia Beach

Many people think that since they have a drivers license or play racing video games, they’ll naturally be excellent at go kart racing. Anyone who has actually been to an electric go karts track can tell you, it’s harder than it looks. But for first-timers attending a birthday party or corporate event, you may want to skip ahead on the learning curve to get an advantage on your friends and colleagues. Nobody wants to be last place! Read some of our suggestions on how to dominate on the racetrack!

Hands on the wheel 

Now isn’t the time to get creative with how you hold the steering wheel. 10 and 2 will work just fine. If you lose control on a turn, you lose the race. Now isn’t the time for any hand gestures to the competition; you’ll have plenty of time for that later if you win.

Sit still

Don’t leave forwards or move around in your seat. You’ll be buckled in when you race, but don’t throw your weight around much or you will work against yourself! Make sure your buckle is tight before the race, if you are sliding back and forth in your seat, your shirt will give you some rug burn!

Learn the brakes quickly

Every cart will be a little bit different, and you’ll have several laps to post a top time or race to the front, so learn how sensitive your brakes are, and you’ll be able to dominate the corners and whip around the track! Don’t slam them too hard, or you’ll lose all your speed going through corners, but press too light and you’ll just hit the wall!

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 Try different lines

Nobody will find the fastest line on their first lap. Try taking different corners at different speeds and angles and you’ll quickly figure out what works and what doesn’t. Keep an eye on your competition and see if they are doing something better that you aren’t, and you’ll be able to make instant improvements to your go kart racing.

Stay on target

That means drive straight. Don’t turn too soon or lose speed taking long arcs. A straight line will get you there fastest, so keep it that way whenever possible. Our track has a long straight-away, so make sure you get your top speed going there before hitting the corners.

PRACTICE!

Not all of these tips will click for you immediately. It will take more than one race to really make you a great racer, so don’t get discouraged by a bad lap or race. Even if you win, there’s always room for improvement, so don’t get cocky and start thinking you’re the best on the track. Nobody likes to lose, and your friends will all be gunning for you now!Go-Kart Pricing

By learning some of these principles, you can turn yourself from a go kart racing novice to the indoor Mario Andretti. With some practice and a little luck, you’ll be unstoppable. Best part of all this practice is that you get to be racing around a track, instead of practicing something boring. Where better to try out some of these tips than at Virginia Beach Motor World? We’ve got an amazing track that you can race on rain or shine, and have the perfect facility to host birthday parties and corporate team-building events. Come check us out!

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