Litchfield on a Karting Mission
This is Mark Litchfield
(kart 6) making his way from the back of the grid up to
second behind his PFI team mate at the time Jamie
Croxford (kart 5), in 2005/2006 Winter series for Super
Libre at the PFI circuit. It is a storming drive and pay
particular attention to the overtaking moves.
Mark Litchfield has a real knack for braking
late AND carrying lots of speed into the corner on an early
turn in, enabling him to sneak up the inside of drivers
who aren't expecting to be done! Check out how Litchfield
passes kart no 99 (blue suit, white helmet and black pods).
The film starts with me watching
Jamie Croxford at the front of the pack, who unfortunately looks
almost identical to Litchfield! But after about half a lap i find
Litchfield and start to track his progress through the field.
Occasionally I switch back to the guys at the front, so it gets
a little confusing.... but I do a better job than the director
of the Brazil GP at least!
Litchfield has committed to
the move from way behind but knows that he can make the move by
shortcutting his way into the corner on an early turn in and tight
line. he is also running in to the corner on the brakes and steering
together, which takes a lot of feel for the grip available!
His victim makes room for Litchfield once
he spots him with his peripheral version. Most drivers do give
you room once they spot you making a move like this, despite the
fact that you may expect them to turn in on you. Make sure you
don't concentrate your gaze on them, look to your apex and let
them worry about any contact.
At the end of the race Litchfield
grabs 2nd by making his signature move. Its the third time he
makes a lunge into that particular corner and it works so well
because it surprises the otehr guy and forces him way offline.
This is what I call a 'Litchfield' when I'm explaining the technique
to my drivers on an EvenFlow
My filming on the day is a bit
dodgey, it was close to freezing and I was a bit lost as to who
to keep an eye on during the race, but I get most of the good
stuff from Litchfield. Hope you enjoy the race.
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