Last week, during the relative lull of the Chinese New Year holiday, I made a trip with Tommax Tommy and FC3S Darren to the UUM Kart Track for a “secret” training session.
Since discovering this beautiful track I’ve tried to come here as often as possible and even though our Kart Days are super fun, sometimes I prefer a “quiet” session so I can really concentrate on my driving.
When we arrived at the track late in the afternoon we found these fun karts laid out neatly on the track as they were expecting a party of 50 people to arrive at any minute.
I normally don’t pay much attention to fun karts but Tommy was checking them out in earnest and pointed something interesting out to me.
In case you didn’t know, fun karts are powered by lawnmower engines … notice anything interesting about this one?
Damn! Subaru engine! Maybe I should spend more time driving fun karts instead of 125cc race karts … Hahaha
On the left is Wan, the savvy businessman who runs the UUM-Promax Racing Team as well as operates the track. He runs a tight ship and has trained all his staff to be super-friendly and helpful. Part of the joy that we experience every time that we go to the track is provided by the service that they give us.
Wan used to race motorbikes when he was younger so racing is in his blood and you can tell how much passion he has for motorsports every time you talk to him.
Wan is also Harith’s father.
I took the opportunity to record some lap times for reference, so I can keep track of my improvements (if any) and see how I am doing in comparism to others. I tried different lines, different acceleration/braking combos to find what works best for me.
Tommy did the timing for me using this awesome iPhone stopwatch app I got for free on the AppStore.
Racing is a constant process of trial and error, as well as relentless testing. What a lot of people don’t realize is that racing might seem all fun, exciting and packed with adrenalin (which is true) – but then there is also the slow, methodical process by which you must take the same corner over and over again to find the perfect line. There is no substitute for practice, practice and more practice.
LAP TIMES (1/2 track)
Date: 18/02/10 • Weather: Fine • Track Temperature: Unknown
01 – 47.99 seconds
02 – 47.20 seconds
03 – 46.21 seconds
04 – 45.90 seconds
05 – 46.51 seconds
06 – 46.83 seconds
07 – 47.01 seconds
08 – 46.77 seconds
09 – 46.48 seconds