We asked Polish driver Karol Basz, official 2016 Kosmic driver and 2015 KF World Champion, how to negotiate the Lonato circuit, one of the most famous in the world and featuring a recently renewed layout, in an OK-engined kart
FROM THE STRAIGHT TO THE FIRST FAST BEND
“Approach the right-hand bend after the start-finish straight at high speed, taking care not to let the rear end slide too much in order to avoid losing speed. Take a wide trajectory so that you enter the bend properly, brush the curb on the left and the next two on the right, keeping a narrow trajectory to avoid going outside the racing line. That’s the only way to take the bend at full speed”.
BEND 2 TO THE RIGHT
“The approach to Bend 2 to the right is very fast. Braking is important, but not 100%, I’d say about 80%. The braking point is critical. Accelerate again before mid-bend (point A) and keep close to the inside curb (point B) even when exiting the bend in order to avoid going to wide and over the left-side curb, since there isn’t much space”.
HAIRPIN IN FRONT OF THE PADDOCK
“When you approach the hairpin, brake at 90% to 100% (point C), then take your foot slightly off the brake pedal, reducing it to between 60% and 80% (D). Enter the bend (E) while still pressing slightly on the brake, then immediately (point F) accelerate again. From that point onwards, keep the entire trajectory “wide”, aiming for the outside curb return (point G) to exploit the space and acceleration upon exit”.
“Brake again at the end of the short straight (point H), at an intensity of 80% in order to maintain maximum speed through the bend, which in this case is very high. Stay close to the first inside curb (point I), then accelerate in a controlled manner and manage the inevitable lateral slide of the kart, especially the rear end. Also keep close to the second inside curb (L), then widen the trajectory upon exiting (M)”.
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