Karting 2021 - Full Circle
“Astounding. I think this is where I may have come in …”
At Whilton Mill yesterday, filming a new ‘intro’ and ‘safety’ video for the International Karting venue - fully 26 years since I did the same for the RAC MSA, back in the day.
Crazy. Has much changed. Yes and no. Karting is till the toughest - and best training ground for future racing champions. For all kinds of reasons. It’s a hard school - boot camp if you will. The slightest mistake on track will be instantly picked up and rewarded on the stopwatch - every input requires surgical precision, and the workload is intense.
Most car racers would benefit enormously from a regular test day at a kart circuit like Whilton. But they won’t go. Why not? Frankly because they will get hung out to try by some string bean teenager, used as a mobile chicane and for bombing runs. And it’s going to make them pant - and sweat, they’ll crack ribs, and drown in the rain. In short, by the third session, they will be hanging …
I got back into kart testing to prepare myself for when the 911 was finally finished. It wasn’t. Nevertheless, there is singularly nothing better I could - can - do, other than drive the 911, to get back into a battle-ready state. I’ll be doing it again in 2021 - before a race weekend. I’ll be the oldest person on the track by a factor of x4. But I won’t care, because it’s the real ‘gym’ for motorsport. Sim is good - but for where I am heading, it HAS to be kartinging I need the muscle memory conditioning. And the reflex speed.
And I will be doing a lot of coaching, for ProTrain, of course, my team - but I also I have a talented youngster to get race ready and winning. Looking forward to it all very much.