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New tyres simply make the kart go quicker by providing more grip. Even if a tyre fails, you are highly, highly unlikely to be in any danger as a result. You might spin if a rear tyre fails partway through a quick corner, but your son will spend more time spinning off at the start of his karting career as a result of driving incorrectly than he will through ...


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Having raced karts and cars for many years, the only crucial factors for motor racing shoes are that they can fit into what is often a very reduced space, and they can protect your fit from fire and other damage. A high top will offer more protection, but can be a little restrictive, which is why many opt for lower ankles. For karting the fire risk is low,...


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I race karts regularly. I have first hand experience. I'm assuming that you are talking about short-circuit karting (i.e. non-gearbox). Long-circuit karting is a whole different story (and one where I have no experience). If possible, try your boots while sat in the kart. I have some really nice, comfortable Puma racing boots but as soon as I get in the ...


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High-top or Low-top In my opinion, high tops are better because most of them are fire rated and add that extra protection. If you were to burn your ankles, they do not recover well from burn damage. This results in a long and painful recovery time. In a non-fire resistant shoe, the best buy would still be a high top so there is less edge to catch a pedal on....


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You may already be doing this anyway but the only real thing I can think of would be to ensure the kart is warmed up properly including the tyres, so try to do a few laps rather than just one or two. Warm tyres give more grip so you can corner more quickly. The other thing you can do is lose weight! All you can do to know if a faster time is possible ...


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Yes. The protection provided by such equipment (in karting and other sports) is the ability of the material to flex, thereby dispensing kinetic energy into elastic energy, and to disperse forces across a wider surface area, thereby lowering the actual force experienced by any given location. When a vest is cracked (or potentially for other materials, warped ...


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We just used to disqualify them both in that race and send 'em home. There's no need for that sort of behaviour. Even in F1 you'll see they have taken steps ranging from fines and disqualification for that race through to bans and grid penalties for the next race.


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