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If you’ve ever driven a real go-kart – not one of the amusement park specials – you’ll know how sensetive they are to even the smallest inputs. Even an errant sneeze at the wrong moment can send you on to a course you didn’t anticipate (well, if you sneeze and mis-judge your braking points, you can spin, like this author once did).
The 2010 Rotax Champion, who by all rights should know about this, seems to have gotten lost in his victory celebration, only to suffer a spectacular wipeout, and managed to take the second place finisher with him. Check it out for yourself. We’ll refrain from laughing, since we’d be lucky to even finish a Rotax race without embarassing ourselves.
Video after the jump
Karting is one of the most fun things you can do with an engine and four wheels, but it takes a toll on your body even in the best cases. Without any springs or shocks, your body is basically the suspension, and if you’re unfortunate enough to crash, well, there’s nothing there to protect you either.
This kart race in M0naco is an extreme example of what happens in a kart crash – absolute mayhem thanks to wet weather and no seatbelts. But we still laughed.
[Source: The Garage Blog]
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Lance Stroll, an 11-year old Canadian karting champion, has been signed to the Ferrari Driving Academy, a factory-backed driver development program run by the Italian manufacturer.
Stroll, who has been racing since he was 8, has racked up wins in the regional, provincial and national karting championships. Stroll’s father Lawrence is also a motorsports enthusiast, owning the Mont-Tremblant race course outside of Montreal and is also a well known collector and racer of Ferrari cars.
In an interview with the Canadian Press, the head of the Ferrari Driving Academy expressed optimism for Stroll’s racing career.
“He is very young, but he has already shown in karting that he is exceptionally talented,” Luca Baldisserri. ”We will follow him step by step in his forthcoming events in North America and he will soon also take part in our courses at Maranello.”
Stroll wouldn’t be the first Canadian to drive for Ferrari either. Formula 1 legend Gilles Villeneuve drove for the Italian team from 1977-1982, and was regarded by fans, analysts and team principal Enzo Ferrari as one of the greatest racers of all time.
[Source: Yahoo News]