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Weight a real factor for Karters?
« on: August 03, 2007, 11:24:37 AM »
They say, heavy drivers are slow.. Of course the engine suffer to move more weight on the chassis, but have you ever think abt the extra grip they get in the curves ?

I know a guy who is 240lbs  and always in top 10 at CKR  :notworthy:.
The "curvy" layout makes that track technical and that gives a chance to the real smooth drivers where the skills is more important than the engine performance. But also less fast long straight lines gives less handicap for "not so light" drivers..

So here comes the idea to put up a challenge for two new categogies:

the first one is : Les Abeilles*: Weight above 180lbs
                          les Frelons*:  Weight above 220lbs

(*dont know how to translate that in english!!)

1st Race will be held at CKR Wednesday 29, 8pm (1,200 per participant)

Inform "healthy friends" your friends !!!

And let's see how these races will demonstrate that weight isnt a real factor for good drivers.. I am sure we'll be surprise with the performances.



Linkback: https://www.autoindustriya.com/talkboard/racing-line/3/weight-a-real-factor-for-karters/24549/
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Re: Weight a real factor for Karters?
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2007, 09:04:38 AM »
Holy moly, minimum 180 lbs?!!!  I'm out!   ;D    Jan, Mikey, now's your chance!   :wav:


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Re: Weight a real factor for Karters?
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2007, 11:24:32 AM »
Weight is definitely a factor in karting. You really feel it on the straight, I tend to compensate for this by being a little bit early to throttle than the other guy. However, there are some heavy set karters who regularly outpace and beat lighter drivers with skill. There's this one guy here in town who races in the Rotax series and he regularly runs up front with the lighter drivers. Some say he secretly had his engine blue printed.   

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Re: Weight a real factor for Karters?
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2007, 04:20:52 PM »
Everything equal, weight is indeed a factor.  But ofcourse, some skill and technic can lessen the handicap.
The big disadvantage is when a heavy guy makes a mistake, its harder to recover.  So you need more precision.
Usually you feel the disadvantage on the long straight, or exiting a tight turn, or when the track is going up.
But hey, there are also advantages.  If you bump a lighter guy, he goes flying!... sometimes to the barrier! hahahaah.  If he bumps you back, nothing happens!!!  hooha!!!

I'd say when we talk of weight, we talk of weight difference.  So how much difference really makes a difference? :)

I'd say 10 kilos shouldn't mean much.  Right?




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Re: Weight a real factor for Karters?
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2007, 08:26:48 PM »
IMO, 10lbs and above is where weight starts to really take effect.

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Re: Weight a real factor for Karters?
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2007, 11:43:20 PM »
Everything equal, weight is indeed a factor.  But ofcourse, some skill and technic can lessen the handicap.
The big disadvantage is when a heavy guy makes a mistake, its harder to recover.  So you need more precision.
Usually you feel the disadvantage on the long straight, or exiting a tight turn, or when the track is going up.
But hey, there are also advantages.  If you bump a lighter guy, he goes flying!... sometimes to the barrier! hahahaah.  If he bumps you back, nothing happens!!!  hooha!!!

I'd say when we talk of weight, we talk of weight difference.  So how much difference really makes a difference? :)

I'd say 10 kilos shouldn't mean much.  Right?





Are you the one that is on the top 10 of the CKR? man if you are? i salute u bro.  :cheer:....

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Re: Weight a real factor for Karters?
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2007, 11:19:23 AM »
Yes he is. He also won the last leg of the CKR GP series! Go Mike go!

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Re: Weight a real factor for Karters?
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2007, 08:56:34 AM »
Holy moly, minimum 180 lbs?!!!  I'm out!   ;D    Jan, Mikey, now's your chance!   :wav:



Dude, Jan is hitting 44 lows na... but of course, Ehpaf,Vic and mikepogi are the man! 42s!! Imagine that?! :notworthy:
im the slowest at 45.4  :-[
I'm not Speeding... I'm Qualifying!!!

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Re: Weight a real factor for Karters?
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2007, 10:41:14 AM »
Let me know when you guys plan to go again (weather permitting, of course).

I'm sure if we walk and talk our way through a couple of turns, Ehpaf can take another second or two off your laptimes....   :cheer:

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Re: Weight a real factor for Karters?
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2007, 01:07:19 AM »
Hello Boss Vic.

Anyone wana kart tonight (thursday)?  Around 7, 8pm?

Bring your swimsuits and goggles just in case!!

Yeah of course I'm in the Top 10!!!  Top 10 heaviest!!  :occasion14:


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Re: Weight a real factor for Karters?
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2007, 10:28:39 AM »
I think I can make it. I brought my helmet to work today, just in case  ;D

Any of the AI / RWYB boys wanna come tonight?

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Re: Weight a real factor for Karters?
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2007, 09:52:17 PM »
I think I can make it. I brought my helmet to work today, just in case  ;D

Any of the AI / RWYB boys wanna come tonight?

Vic, we'll let you know if we'l go there ha. Kinda busy after last weekend's RWYB..

We want to join the 4 hour endurance on Sept 9, if we can bring our times down to at least 43s ;)

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Re: Weight a real factor for Karters?
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2007, 07:42:30 AM »
Hehe. I'm willing to bet you a Murcielago you'll never be able to hit the 43s!

(... mainly because Ehpaf reopened the bridge na since the last time you guys were there. That adds about another 10 seconds to the laptime)

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Re: Weight a real factor for Karters?
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2007, 09:58:56 AM »
Hehe. I'm willing to bet you a Murcielago you'll never be able to hit the 43s!

(... mainly because Ehpaf reopened the bridge na since the last time you guys were there. That adds about another 10 seconds to the laptime)



Well that gives us more reasons to practice! Let you know if we're going. Vic, can you text me your mobile no. mine is 09209051464.
Thanks man! looking forward for a free lessons with you guys! :wav:

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