Book Review: The Karting Manual by João Diniz Sanches

Karting Manual Book cover
Karting Manual Book cover
Karting Manual Book cover


Title: The Karting Manual
Author: João Diniz Sanches
Photography: Enver Meyer
Publisher: Haynes Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-84425-353-1
Year/Edition: 2007
# of pages: 160
Photos: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Size: 21.5cm (w) x 27.5cm (L) x 1.5cm (D)



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Comprehensive guide to all aspects of karting


nothing major; UK karting focus

Posted September 15, 2013 by

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The hallmark of most great F1 drivers has been success in karting in their junior years – whether it be Senna, Prost, Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel. Karting is probably the starting point for the careers of most drivers in F1. Karting is also a way for a lot of average fans to experience motor racing.

I hadn’t looked at it for a while but a good book for getting into karts is the Haynes book – The Karting Manual by João Diniz Sanches. It covers most areas that budding karters will need to understand about the sport from choosing a kart, setup and driving techniques. There are 10 chapters which include:

  • the foreword written by Jenson Button (in his Honda days).
  • karting events and categories
  • buying a kart, licenses & racing gear, flags, signing up to races, costs
  • cornering and finding the racing line
  • driver input, over and understeer, braking,
  • wet weather racing
  • racecraft, overtaking, defending
  • physical and mental preparation
  • race strategy, testing, qualifying, starts
  • technical aspects, setup, tyres
  • sponsorship

With lots of color photos and instructional diagrams, this is a handy book for new karters.


Suitable for: Karters

Karting Manual Book Pages






Karting Manual Book Pages






Karting Manual Book Pages




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