“Learn to win” with Kart Class-Online

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David Sera is an Australian Kart racer who has over 25 years of experience racing the biggest karting events in the world. Sera is an 18 x Australian Champion (the most in national history) and has scored podiums at the SKUSA SuperNats three times and a second place finish at the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals.

A long time driver for the Arrow Racing Kart team, in 2014 saw Sera launch his own brand of chassis (Sera Kart) that scored victories in multiple continents. Having slowed down with his own racing, Sera now focuses his attention to coaching the next generation of racers with both on track coaching and online coaching through his new Kart Class platform.
(Text Jen Wade - Photo Pace Immagini & David Sera Press)

David Sera is an Australian Kart racer who has over 25 years of experience racing the biggest karting events in the world. Sera is an 18 x Australian Champion (the most in national history) and has scored podiums at the SKUSA SuperNats three times and a second place finish at the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals. 
A long time driver for the Arrow Racing Kart team, in 2014 saw Sera launch his own brand of chassis (Sera Kart) that scored victories in multiple continents. Having slowed down with his own racing, Sera now focuses his attention to coaching the next generation of racers with both on track coaching and online coaching through his new Kart Class platform.

David explains the structure and benefits of his new initiative. 
«Kart Class is an online training platform that offers instructional videos on driving techniques, racecraft, mindset and kart setup. Kart Class offers multiple programs depending on drivers’ skill level and experience. Drivers who are starting out are best suited to our Beginner Program which consists of the fundamentals for a successful racing career: race lines, apexes, kart flow, steering inputs, where to look on track and basic kart setup knowledge. If you’re a racer looking to move from the mid pack to the front of the field or are knocking on the door of podiums, but can’t get there, our Champions Program is designed to take racers to the next level. 30 episodes on race craft, braking techniques, wet weather driving, race starts, qualifying, overtaking and making sure your mental state is at a high level with our UK based Mindset Coach. To date, we have over 200 members joining us from 27 countries and have already had race winners in 11 nations in various age groups, classes and using different tyre compounds too.»

All the programs, videos, E-books, worksheets and diagrams can be accessed from any mobile device (mobile phone, tablet, laptop and PC). Users simply create an account, choose the program suited to their experience level and have 24/7 access to the content.
The main objective for Kart Class is to offer world class coaching to drivers anywhere in the world, anytime of the day at a fraction of the cost. No extra travelling, track fees, race team fees and the challenge of accessibility for good coaching that some race tracks can’t offer. There’s also free stuff! If you’re stuck and want your karting question answered here at Vroom, send a message to David Sera at Kart Class online with “VROOM Q&A” as the subject and we’ll select one answer to publish here at Vroomkart.

KART CLASS tip What braking technique is best suited to me? There are two main techniques used in the braking zone; the mini lock and trail braking technique. The mini lock technique is where a driver hits the brake pedal aggressively, as soon as the brakes lock and tyres screech, they release the pressure on the brakes and roll until the acceleration point with no pedals being used. This is best suited to the lower horsepower categories (Cadets, 4-stroke). 
If the driver holds the brake down for too long, they over-slow their corner speed and don’t have the acceleration or horsepower to gain a good exit. The trail braking technique can best be described where a driver uses the brake pedal all the way until the apex. So approaching a corner, the driver finds a marker to brake at then apply that brake pressure and hold some of it until the apex. This is a technique used in formula car and stock car racing as it allows a driver to brake later and have stability/weight on the front of the car. Higher performance categories (X30, Rotax, KZ) can use this to their benefit to slow the kart down all the way to the apex point. Rather than hitting it aggressively then releasing the pressure, this will result in too fast of an entry and oversteer can be experienced.

Kart Class with David Sera

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Created by: cggiuliano - 10/10/22

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