This post isn’t going to be long, but the message is still important. -Find yourself a home track.
A home track is a track that you’re comfortable with that you know fairly well, and drive fairly often. Your home track gives you a place to build confidence as a driver. Mentally, you’ll have one location that you know that you’re quick, which allows you to practice mentally developing that confidence programming when you to go to other tracks.
^^ I know I’m using pictures from an earlier post, but I wanted to get this series started. ^^
At the start of this year, I made the change from racing in the World Formula class to Tag Sr with the X125. I’ve gone from 15hp at 7,100 rpm to having 30hp at 15,000 rpm. So, I was going to have to start making some changes. It’s been really fun, but by doubling my horsepower, I basically doubled the amount of things that I needed to take care of at the track. Changes in my driving style, massive changes to the setup of the kart, and changing the way that I approach going to the track.
I’ve always had the ambition to race in faster machinery, and be competitive. When I was running a four-stroke, there was just enough stuff going on that I could handle the majority of the work by myself during club races. However, I knew that when I moved to TAG, I was going to need help getting to the next level.
Fortunately then the timing was right, and I reconnected with my friend Chris Novotney.
Honestly, I’m not sure what to title this post, seeing that I wanted to put so many things in it. Now that it’s the winter time, I figured it was a good idea to do a end of the year wrap up post. Seeing that it’s been a few months since the last Gold Cup race, I’d been holding off on any new posts for a little while, as I’ve been wrapping up the year and prepping for 2015.
A few years ago, I found myself attracted to competition karting, not only because of the amount of seat time that you can get, but because of the types of people who make up the sport.
I got a chance to go up against some good four-stroke talent this year, which gave me a good reference of how good my driving is
This year was my first time competing in a regional kart series. I took part in the IKF Region 6 Gold Cup. Now that the season is over, I’ve had a few friends who just wanted to have a quick summary on how the racing season went, so I figured that I would give a quick post on that.
Hey y’all, I’m Philip Thompson from East Tennessee.
I currently race “classic cars” on dirt ovals locally. This past season, I have had a breakout performance claiming 16 feature wins! I grew up around dirt oval, following my dad and helping him on his cars from a young age. Karting on dirt ovals was my first experience behind the wheel after a brief stint in motocross. Continue reading