As any fan of Le Mans knows, many racing drivers start out in karting, an excellent way to hone driving skills and learn the ins and outs of high-level competition. The 24 Hours Karting is one of the highlights in the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s busy schedule. Running for the 33rd time on 29-30 September, the spectacular endurance race is a magnet for karting aficionados, both competitors and spectators.
Having started out in karting and going on to win eleven Formula One Grand Prix, Felipe Massa is a fitting ambassador for the discipline. He has recorded a special message for the forthcoming event in which he emphasises that karting is where most professional drivers start out. On the track at a young age, they learn how to take corners, understand the influence of tyres and brakes, dabble in preparing a chassis and become familiar with the technical side of racing. Massa wishes the competitors a closely-fought race with lots of overtaking and sends his best regards to all.
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