Safety Brief

Below is a copy of the safety brief which we use here at Lakeland Karting

Welcome everyone to Lakeland Karting.  Karting is a motorsport and can be dangerous, to ensure your safety you must listen to our short safety briefing so everyone can be safe and have an enjoyable time.  If everyone could pay attention briefly I will outline some safety precautions, if you do not understand please ask.

  1.     Everyone has received a suit, gloves and a helmet.  Make sure to use them, look after them and return to hatch after race has finished
  2.     After this briefing I will bring you out to the track and show you the pit lane where everyone will get in and out of their kart.  Only those drivers getting in and out of karts should be on the pit lane.  During racing everyone else please remain behind the fence line or inside the centre.  You will be notified when to go to the pits for your race each time.
  3.     Drivers must remain in their karts at all times. If you need help raise both arms into the air and a marshall will come to assist you. Arms and legs must remain in the kart at all times.
  4.     Karting is strictly a NON-CONTACT sport. Any person driving into other karters or into the barriers intentionally will be disqualified from the race.
  5.      Scarves, jewellery and loose clothing cannot be worn on the track.  Before racing make sure to take off or tuck in anything loose, which can catch in the go-kart and cause an accident.  This could be very dangerous so please be careful.
  6.     Anyone with long hair should tie in back securely so its not sticking out of the helmet, again this can catch on go-kart and potentially be dangerous
  7.     Everyone should wear appropriate footwear while racing, no open-toed shoes will be permitted, nor will high heels
  8.     Absolutely no-one under the influence will be allowed to race, as our policy is no drinking and racing!

The only way we can communicate with you whilst you are out on the track is through flags so please listen carefully to what each flag means:

CHEQUERED FLAG – Indicates the start and the end of the race, after you have completed all your laps you will be shown the chequered flag, after which you should do one cool down lap at half speed and return to the pit lane slowly without skidding

BLUE FLAG – Indicates that you are obstructing a faster go-kart which is approaching behind, please allow that go-kart behind to overtake.  Be careful and cautious so as not to cause an accident

RED FLAG – Indicates that the race has stopped.  There may be an emergency on the track so you must stop immediately on the side of the track and remain there to await further instruction from nearby marshalls.   Please do not brake violently hard when you see the red flag as this can cause you to spin off or other drivers may drive in to the back of you

BLACK FLAG – Indicates that you have fouled on the track and have been disqualified from the race, you should immediately make your way to the pit lane.  We have a shut down system and will use it if necessary. We may also slow your kart if you are driving dangerously or if you slide the kart too much as this can cause accidents especially if you spin.

Thank you for listening, enjoy your racing!

The History of Karting

Kart racing in the streets of East Berlin in 1963Art Ingels is generally accepted to be the father of karting. A veteran hot rodder and a race car builder at Kurtis Kraft, he built the first kart in Southern California in 1956. Karting has rapidly spread to other countries, and currently has a large following in Europe.

The first kart manufacturer was an American company, Go Kart Manufacturing Co. (1958). McCulloch was the first company, in 1959, to produce engines for karts. Its first engine, the McCulloch MC-10, was an adapted chainsaw 2-stroke engine. Later, in the 1960s, motorcycle engines were also adapted for kart use, before dedicated manufacturers, especially in Italy (IAME), started to build engines for the sport.

Source: wikipedia

Karting as a Learning tool

Rotax World Kart Racing FinalKart racing is usually used as a low-cost and relatively safe way to introduce drivers to motor racing. Many people associate it with young drivers, but adults are also very active in karting. Karting is considered the first step in any serious racer’s career. It can prepare the driver for high-speed wheel-to-wheel racing by helping develop quick reflexes, precision car control, and decision-making skills. In addition, it brings an awareness of the various parameters that can be altered to try to improve the competitiveness of the kart (examples being tire pressure, gearing, seat position, chassis stiffness) that also exist in other forms of motor racing.

All current (with the exception of Russian driver Vitaly Petrov) and many former Formula One drivers grew up racing karts, most prominent among them, World Champions Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Many NASCAR drivers also got their start in racing from karts, such as Darrell Waltrip, Lake Speed, Ricky Rudd, Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Stewart, and Jeff Gordon.

In August 2009, in anticipation to a possible return to F1 with Ferrari, Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher did some preparation driving a kart in Lonato, Italy. Schumacher also raced at the SKUSA SuperNationals, an event taking place each year in Las Vegas, along with F1 drivers Sébastien Buemi and Nelson Piquet, Jr. Felipe Massa also used karting in September 2009 to test his condition in Brazil, two months after his Hungarian Grand Prix freak accident during qualifying.

Source: wikipedia