Secret Weapon

In an effort to find that last tenth, Demaras Racing brought a secret weapon to K1 Speed last night for the 130R ‘Official Practice Session’.

So what was the secret that would help set a new track record? Did they put a really good set of matched tires on it? Tires that are matched perfect and staggered special.

No, the secret weapon was data acquisition. With the end of the outdoor karting season, the MyChron 5 that’s normally bolted to Daniel’s steering wheel is just collecting dust on the shelf. The plan was to bring the data acquisition and display gauge and mount it to the K1 Speed kart to use as a data logger…most importantly, to establish times for 3 sectors of the track.

One of the biggest challenges in racing is finding the last fraction of a second. If a racer is completely ‘blowing’ a lap, missing apexes or bashing into the barriers, it’s easy a driving coach to suggest improvements. But when a racer is only a tenth off, it’s difficult to tell if a change to their racing line was an improvement or not. By breaking down the lap into sector times, and making small changes, improvements can be identified.

Having used the MyChron for the past 3 years, Demaras Racing were confident they could map the track, establish sectors, and use AIM’s software Race Studio to find time. Unfortunately, they learned the hard way that the MyChron uses GPS for timing, and K1 Speed being an indoor track, there was no satellite signal.

Back to the drawing board.


Spring Training

November 13th 2019 at K1 Speed is the 130 Racing Series “Official Practice Session” for the second season of the exciting league.

Practice begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 10:00 pm, when the facility closes.

The 130R Racing Series is looking much stronger in the shortened 2019/2020 season with 20 competitors signed up for the 6 month contest.


Best Time of the Week

Daniel Demaras set the fastest lap of the week at K1 Speed. Demaras came close, setting the 2nd and 3rd fastest laps over the past few weeks. Finally, the top step of the virtual podium!

Fastest Laps of the Week are UP! Big congratulations to @demaras.racing for his 1st place 22.152 lap-time 🏆 Daniel Chu took 2nd place just milliseconds ahead of Ahmad Hamdy, in one of our closest races yet! 🏎 Check back in next week to see who makes it to the top of the podium 🏁

Car Control School

On Saturday, November 9th, 2019, Daniel Demaras and Chris Demaras enrolled in Ian Law’s ILR Car Control School at the CAA Centre in Brampton. While Daniel is still in driving school, working towards his G2 licence, Chris has been licensed and insured for nearly 30 years. Going ‘back to school’ is a little tougher for his generation.

Spending a lot of time at race tracks skews a driver’s perspective. Lap times and apexes have little relation to driving on public roads. There’s a big difference between a driver on the road versus track.

The course covered basics of driver preparation; seating position, steering technique and proper mirror positioning. Instructor Shaun De Jager then moved onto providing students with a better understanding of their vehicles. Explaining how ABS affects emergency braking, what Electronic Stability Control is and its limitations.

A good potion of the day was spent covering vehicle dynamics. When a driver understand weight transfer, mass and momentum, and the limits of grip, the driver is better prepared for different types of skids, and how to recover from them.

Each person takes away different lessons from such a course. For Chris, it was about changing his attitude.

“Shaun talked about driver ‘types’; the Juvenile, the Teacher, and the Mature driver. There was my behaviour in black and white. I have driven like a Juvenile, as if I was in a race, and I needed to be first. I have driven like a Teacher, doing 101 km/h in the left lane of the 401 because that’s the limit, and to hell with anyone behind me. I came to the understanding that my job is not to beat anyone, or correct anyone. My job is to make it to my destination. Allowing other drivers to merge in front of me is not bout courtesy. I’m not trying to be a nice guy. I’m avoiding vehicular conflict.”

Chris Demaras

For Daniel, the course was about gaining confidence behind the wheel.

“The ILR Car Control School was a fantastic experience for a new driver like myself. Shaun did a great job teaching the in class portion of the day, and I learned new information both about how to drive, and the rules of the road. In the car, I gained a ton of confidence having driven around a closed course, where I got to perform avoidance maneuvers, slaloms and high speed braking. After having attended the ILR Car Control School, I was more comfortable that the next time I got behind the wheel, and I would be a better driver, even if I’m the least experienced driver.”

Daniel Demaras

Check out www.CarControlSchool.com or give Ian a call at 905-473-9500. There’s a winter driving course in Minden coming up in a few months, and both Daniel and Chris are looking forward to another session with the ILR Car Control School.

How to WIN (Part 5)

~ by Chris ‘#16’ Demaras ~

Too much weight, too many wheels, too much complexity. Adding a motorcycle engine to a kart, or twin-engines or twin axles…it’s not the recipe for success. What I need to be victorious in 2020 is pure raw power. I need a Turbonique!

Turbonique is almost a mythic name from the 1960s when a small company, Turbonique, Inc. of Orlando, Florida, created some of the most amazing rocket powered drive systems for anything you could think of. These devices were connected to cars, motorcycles, go carts, boats, practically anything with an engine that could use an extra 1000 horsepower or so.

Video below of some lunatic named Captain Jack McClure running his rocket powered kart in the 60’s.

Although only 5 of these were ever built, three remain in existence today (which is shocking) and they occasionally pop up on the internet. I’m just not sure if I can acquire one before the 2020 karting season begins.

How to WIN (Part 4)

~ by Chris ‘#16’ Demaras ~

All that power from a motorcycle engine might be too much for tiny karting tires. Unless I have 6 of them!

A six-wheeled Yamaha R1 engined kart would be one awesome death-trap. This custom vehicle is powered by a 1000cc engine from a Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle. That means there’s about 180 HP screaming directly behind the driver, sending power through all four rear wheels.

This is sure to get me a win in 2020!


How to WIN (Part 3)

~ by Chris ‘#16’ Demaras ~

Even two engines might not be enough to get me to the winners circle next year. More engine means more weight, and I’ve got enough of that already! But a motorcycle engine in the back of the kart would be a secret weapon nobody at the track is expecting!

This kart is also the cheapest way to get into a mid-engine car. The Suzuki GS550 DOHC motorcycle engine and 6-speed sequential gearbox give this kart one of the longest wheelbases on record. That should result in some significant flex, as there’s no suspension.

This amazing death trap is was available for the bargain price of USD $1,750.

How to WIN (Part 2)

~ by Chris ‘#16’ Demaras ~

If the lightweight helmet doesn’t do the trick, adding more power will surely help me to get a ‘win’ in 2020.

A loophole in the karting regulations may allow me to run this twin-engine monster in the ‘vintage karting’ class. This is the speed boost I need!

The kart, with its offset steering, two seats, and no bodywork, is is for sale right now in southern California. I wonder if Dan will let me race this at Goodwood next summer?

Charles Leclerc Kart!

Now at the top of F1 with Ferrari, Charles Leclerc has never forgotten that he started in motorsport thanks to karting. He wanted to take advantage of his growing reputation to create his own kart brand in order to contribute to the development of the discipline among a wider audience.

It was only natural that he turned to a major Italian brand, well established throughout the world and renowned for the quality of its production. For Charles, Birel ART is the choice of both his heart and his head.

“You must always remember where you come from,” said the Monegasque driver. “I know what I owe to karting: everything! It was there that my passion for motorsport was established, it was there that I learned the basics that allowed me to progress to the top of the pyramid and it was also there that I met some of the important people who supported me afterwards. I had been determined to do something for karting for a long time, and I think now is the right time,” Charles continued.

“Birel ART’s skills were recently confirmed by a magnificent double at the KZ World Championship. I wanted the chassis bearing my name to be able to perform very well in a wide range of conditions. Only a major factory-like Birel ART can guarantee such a high quality of production on a large scale.”

Produced in the Birel ART factory in Lissone, near Monza where Charles has just won for the second time in F1, Charles Leclerc chassis consists of a complete range soon available for the Baby, Mini, OK / Junior, KZ, Rotax and rental categories.

How to WIN

~ by Chris ‘#16’ Demaras ~

Why am I not winning races? It must be the helmet.

The only way to solve the problem is with a handmade Japanese helmet. More lightness and aero-efficiency will give me the advantage I need to start winning races again in 2020.

My old Scorpion helmet was holding me back. Too big, too heavy, not Japanese enough. So, to eliminate the issue, I got a new Shoei RF-1200 in a flat black and neon yellow Beacon TC-3 colour scheme..

Yeah, I know…it’s a motorcycle helmet, not a ‘karting’ helmet. But so was my Scorpion. And this one looks bad-ass!