Book Review: The Karting Manual by João Diniz Sanches
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
With lots of color photos and instructional diagrams, this is a handy book for new karters.
Suitable for: Karters