After some problems with my storage unit, I finally got in and hauled my kart out to the track. Calspeed again. I am growing to love that track.
Because I have no idea what I am doing, I did not get the damage from my last event fixed. So the first hour or so, Stu fixed my kart. Oh boy I'm glad here is there to help. I probably would have given up on karting altogether by now if it were not for him. Furthermore, knowing that I'll be out at the track again no matter what I do, except of course, completely destroy my kart, is priceless.
Boy was it windy. And cold. I did 4 sessions that day. Tom, a cool guy that drives with us, took my kart out to see how it does. He said it handled well; so no excuses for me!
For the first few sessions I was still spooked from the last crash. I tried my best to not look at the walls. Last thing I need is destroying my kart again. Stu commented: you're still spinning? Yes, I did spin a couple of times. That prompted me to clean up my driving. I did the same thing I did to improve my autocross times; slow down.
|"X" does not mark the target for you to aim at, |
but to avoid and look out for unpredictable behavior!
One of the sessions, a shifter guy spun out on his warm-up lap. I think I could have totally avoided it, but being the newbie I am, I spun behind him. After I pulled my kart behind the tire wall and helped him pull his, he said "Sorry about that." After a few seconds, he added "Can you give me a push?" I did, and there I stood until I could be picked up by the track staff.
Anyways, I finally got to go on the novice session. Less karts. I caught up to a lot more people, even some guys in a TAG. I was finally able to focus on my driving. I worked on looking ahead, and tried to adjust braking, turn-in, and acelleration points on one or two corners at a time. It felt great. I started to get that feeling of being in the groove. I did not start losing concentration at the straights, and when I did encounter other karts, I found myself able to focus much better. In particular, I worked on the entry to turns 1-2, which are two minor left handers leading up to the 'Kornakuva' turn. (who names these turns?) I worked it up to the point where my foot is still on the gas until the entry to turn 3. Stu and a bunch of friends I drive with said I looked much better. Its good to end the track day on a good note.
The biggest lesson I got was to not fixate and look ahead, no matter what.