I am no great shakes as a driver but I can tell you that I have driven a “racing” go kart in the rain and it is like trying to ride a greased pig. The machine I was driving had four stroke engine and a centrifugal clutch which made it far more tame that the two stroke shifter kart that you will see in full attack mode during the length of this video. The kart is on slick tires and this is not just a little rain storm, this is a full blown deluge that looks like it has been cranking for a while because while the straights are wet, the corners are veritable go-kart Sippi holes!
Karts are very quick to point out driving errors and screw ups on dry pavement so in the wet (again) on slicks, it is instant feedback and the guy driving this one is a total ninja. He’s shifting, counter steering, and working the throttle like this life depends on it. I’m hoping that some karting guys read this and tell us is this is standard procedure to race these babies in the rain of if this video shows some hardcore racers that were refusing to let mother nature get the best of them in this situation. It seems like it would be nuts to run these things in a competition situation under these conditions but then again, I am not a dedicated kart racer so many someone can chime in on that.
The only thing I can say is that I spent more time spinning in circles in my weenie kart over the span of several laps in the rain than a drunken elephant on skates. This guy has driving talent for days and it is fun to see him use all of it in an environment completely counter to the conditions that these machines excel in!