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Race Tips

Want to know what to expect from your Kylemore experience? Our experienced team have put together some race tips ranging from the safety process to what to wear.

Kids Karting Experience

Go-Karting is a fun and stimulating activity for people of all ages. Not only is go-karting enjoyable – it is also safe. At Kylemore Karting, we make customer safety our number one priority. Our fully trained race team, industry leading karts and equipment and clever track designs allow us offer a safe and enjoyable karting experience for kids 9 years+ and over 137cm. JUNIOR KARTS AND RACING GEAR Here at Kylemore Karting we use industry leader Sodi Karts and their Sodi Junior LR5 karts. They are suitable for children aged 9+ and above the height of 137cm (4ft 6in). The engines are smaller than our adult karts and therefore less powerful, which allows kids to have more control over the kart when driving around the track. We provide helmets, race jackets and suits in a variety of sizes to suit all drivers. SAFETY FIRST Our karts and tracks are built with safety at the forefront of design. Prior to racing all drivers must watch a mandatory comprehensive safety briefing. This will explain how to drive our karts, the rules of the track and all the safety measures drivers should take into consideration. The video recaps all instructions and rules including all the flags and lights, to help engrain our safety concepts. As each driver enters the pit lane, our race team will ensure that all drivers are equipped with the correct safety gear, all helmets are fastened correctly before recapping all of the flags/lights and safety measures along with ensuring they are comfortable in the kart itself. Our trained race team ensure track rules are met to ensure safe fun racing. FUN FOR ALL Our Speed Screens allow parents to keep up to date with the track action and results while they relax in the Mondello Lounge – where tea and coffee is available from the Coffee Stop and seated views of the track. There are also plenty of opportunities to snap some pics from track level, from above on the walk-way or after the race at our podium presentation. RACING WITH CONFIDENCE Our marshal team spare no details of safety, which gives parents the reassurance that this is a great activity for their kids with lots of safety measures and protection involved. Prior driving experience is not necessary. Our ‘Safety is Our Priority’ briefing video will explain everything about driving the kart in its simplest form. Upon preparing to take to the track, our race team will recap the safety briefing and will always make sure that everyone is ready for a memorable experience. Here at Kylemore Karting, we are proud to offer an exciting unique activity in a safe manner for kids to enjoy. Our birthday party packages give kids a Formula 1 style experience with practice, qualifying and finals before heading to our podium for the race presentation. Feel free to continue the birthday celebrations with cake in our Chequered Flag Lounge, where you can also enjoy our special offer with Dominos – 50% off! If you’ve got kids over 9+ and 137cm, why not bring them down for a family day out or make their next birthday party their best one yet! See what our happy customers have said about their Kylemore experience in their reviews. Give us a call today on (01) 6261444 or email us at info@kylemorekarting.ie and a member of our team will be happy to help!

Karting for Beginners

Considering taking up a new hobby? Why not try an adrenaline fuelled day at Kylemore Karting. Our team have compiled a beginner’s guide below which will equip you with the information needed to have a safe and enjoyable race around one of our three fantastic indoor tracks! -What to Wear- Being comfortable is important when racing; so, we recommend wearing comfortable & casual/athletic clothing and footwear. Our team will provide full racing gear prior to racing including; helmets, gloves and race jackets or race suits. We have lockers and ladies/gents changing rooms on our premises where you can lock away any valuables, bags or jackets. It can get quite hot on the track so please bear this in mind when choosing the clothing you will wear. ‘Your Safety is Our Priority’ at Kylemore Karting, so we have certain items of clothing that are not permitted on track. These are as follows:   -What to expect- Upon arrival you will be required to check in at reception and watch a comprehensive safety briefing which will provide you with the rules and signals of the track as well as how to operate the go kart. After the video, you will return to reception where you will be kitted out to race! A member of our marshal team will quickly recap the main safety instructions and ensure you are comfortable in your race gear before assigning you to your kart. -Sitting into the kart- Place one hand on the steering wheel and one hand on the back of the seat. Place your right foot into the seat first, followed by your left and then use your left foot to apply the brake as you sit down. This ensures the kart does not rock back and forth as you try to sit down. The seats and pedals are fully adjustable. Before leaving the pits, the track marshal will make sure you can comfortably reach the pedals and steering wheel, so you can fully enjoy your Kylemore Karting experience. -How to Drive a Go Kart- Sit comfortably – Posture and positioning play a key role in performance as they affect handling and speed. Make sure you are sitting comfortably with your back flat against the seat and grip the steering wheel with your hands. Using your right foot to press the accelerator pedal will start moving the kart forward. You should only keep the kart moving at a speed that you feel you are comfortable and in control. Sharp braking can really slow you down due to lost traction. So, please familiarise yourself with the brake pedal before you get too confident with fast speeds, especially when taking the corners and entering the pit lane. Gently applying your left foot to the brake pedal will slow you down and allow you to keep control of the kart when making turns. When the session is over, reduce the speed of the kart and return to the pits at a walking pace. Smooth and consistent speeds are the trick to keeping the momentum going around the track. Keeping the kart straight as much as you can will allow you to keep up your speed and record those fast laps times! Keep a safe distance from the barriers and from other drivers. This will help to avoid any unnecessary bangs and help keep your momentum going. Remember to treat your first couple of laps as practice, get to know your kart, get a feel for its power and speed and give your tyres a chance to warm up. Your first lap should be steady, so don’t get confident with fast speeds until you know you can control the kart. Our Get to Know Your Kart guide is useful for figuring out the basics. -Safety- As a beginner, it is important that you listen to everything our race team tells you. They want to help you and ensure you have a fun and safe karting experience. If you encounter a problem while you are racing, raise your hand, and await marshal instruction. If you can return to the pits, then do so, at a slow and steady pace. -Getting the hang of it?- After a couple of laps, you should be feeling comfortable and confident. Once you know you can control the kart, build up your speed because it is time to get those quick laps in! Don’t be too cocky though, as even the best drivers have accidents so make sure to avoid contact with barriers and other karts. -The End- Once your time has elapsed the red lights will light up around the track and the marshal will direct you into the pit lane using the flags. Remember to slow down to a walking pace and use your brakes upon entering the pit lane. Do not crash into the kart in front as you could damage the kart or hurt the person sitting in it. At the end of your experience you will be able to analyse your performance with printed lap times which will show you how quick you were able to get around and how close you were to beating the track record best lap. Our marshal team will be happy to help you analyse the results and see who gets that number one spot on the podium!   Pre-booking is essential to reserve your preferred time on the track. Bookings can be made on our website, by emailing info@kylemorekarting.ie or by phoning our booking line on (01) 6261444 where a member of the team will be happy to help.

Flags & Warning Lights

At Kylemore Karting we make customer safety our priority, so, during your visit to our karting centre, you will notice that we use a number of flags and warning lights to make you aware of situations on the track. It is important that you understand what each of the flags/lights mean. Don’t worry, we cover these signals during your safety briefing prior to racing, but here they are for your reference: THE GREEN LIGHT The green light is used to start your race or heat. Once you see the green light, put the pedal to the metal and race away! THE RED FLAG/LIGHT The red flag/light means the race or heat has come to an end. You should slow down to a walking pace and return to the pits, bringing your kart to a controlled stop keeping your foot on the brake. Stay in your kart and wait for further instructions. THE YELLOW FLAG/LIGHT The yellow flag/light means there is an incident ahead, slow down to a walking pace and do not overtake. Stay in your current positions and drive very slowly around the track. Be aware that there may be an obstruction on the track you will need to drive around. Track Marshals may also be on the track, so maintain a slow speed until the light switches off. THE BLUE FLAG/LIGHT The blue flag/light is used to indicate that a faster driver is trying to pass you. In race conditions, this means the race leader is about to lap you. You should pull to the side or move off the racing line, allow the faster driver to pass and then move back on to the racing line to continue your race. THE BLACK FLAG The black flag is used to disqualify drivers for inappropriate conduct. We have a list of track rules that we expect all drivers to uphold. Any customers that ignore the rules will be removed from the track. THE CHEQUERED FLAG The chequered flag is used to indicate you have finished your final lap and are at the end of your session, heat or event. You should continue driving competitively until you pass the chequered flag and cross the finish line. Once you have crossed the finish line, you should return to the pit lane at a walking pace, bringing your kart to a controlled stop keeping your foot on the brake.   Pre-booking is essential to reserve your preferred time on the track. Bookings can be made on our website, by emailing info@kylemorekarting.ie or by phoning our booking line on (01) 6261444 where a member of the team will be happy to help.

Get to Know Your Kart

Knowing your kart inside out is the best way to improve your racing skills whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro. Learning all you need to know about how to drive the kart and how it works will equip you with the knowledge you need to enhance your abilities and your experience on the track! You can find out all about the features of our Sodi SR5 Adult karts below and how simple they are to drive. We’ll have you behind the wheel and whizzing around the track in no time! Features of the Sodi SR5 The Engine – The Sodi karts you’ll see at our tracks are powered by a four-stroke petrol Honda engine that can give out 200cc of power. Our Sodi SR5 adult karts, powered by 200cc Honda engines, can often exceed speeds of 60kph but this can feel like 80kph when sitting just 2 inches off the ground. They have no gears and are fully automatic, so no need to worry about the gears! The Steering Wheel – The steering wheel is the all-important control centre of the kart which gives the driver complete control of the kart as they zip around the track. The steering wheel itself is designed to give the driver maximum grip and turning ability. The Seat – The seats in our karts are bucket seats made from heavy-duty plastic and are fully adjustable to suit your height. If you feel like you are sitting too far from the wheel or too close, a member of the marshal team will adjust the seat to your liking. The Pedals – Along with the steering, pedal control is another task you need to master if you want to finish in pole position! The accelerator pedal pumps the fuel into the engine and the brake pedal helps you control your speed. Our karts are fitted with a hydraulic braking system and anti-double pedalling technology, which stops you accelerating and braking at the same time and also protects the clutch from damage. The adjustable pedals offer driving comfort and allows the driver to benefit from optimum sensitivity and efficiency in braking and accelerating. The Chassis – The karts are fitted with a twin-tube lightweight and aerodynamic chassis which keeps it very responsive, helping you regain that high speed after you’ve bossed your way around a corner. There’s also a rubber shock-absorbing system mounted on the chassis front and back for extra protection, just in case of accidental collision with crash barriers or other karts. The Bumpers – Loss of control and contact with crash barriers and other karts are frequent in leisure karting. These frequent impacts can not only cause damage to the kart structure and components, but also present a safety hazard to the driver. To reduce those effects, but also avoid go-karts overriding or barrier penetrations, Sodi kart have developed an all-round high-density plastic protection system. This includes a front part, two side parts (particularly protecting the wheels and engine), and a rear part (exhaust and transmission protection). These different parts making up the PROLINE are attached to the frame with elastic support blocks. This complete system offers great flexibility and deformation capabilities and therefore enhance the energy absorption capacity. The Tyres – Our Sodi karts are fitted with state of the art slick tyres which allow for more traction. This means you can take the corners with more speed and control, just as long as you are capable of keeping the kart under control.   Ready to race? Now that you’ve seen what our karts are all about, we bet you’re itching to get down to the track and give it a shot! But don’t worry if it’s your first time, our first class race team will ensure you are well equipped for an enjoyable racing experience. Alternatively, you can check out our teams, Beginners Guide to Karting here! Pre-booking is essential to reserve your preferred time on the track. Bookings can be made on our website, by emailing info@kylemorekarting.ie or by phoning our booking line on (01) 6261444 where a member of the team will be happy to help.

Race Tips

Want to know what to expect from your Kylemore experience? Our experienced team have put together some race tips ranging from the safety process to what to wear.

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Kylemore Karting

Unit 1A, Kylemore Industrial Estate, Killeen Road, Kylemore, Dublin 10

Tel: 01 626 1444
Email: info@kylemorekarting.ie

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