Monthly Archives: August 2019

Turn 2 Racing Simulations Grand Opening in Davis, Ca.

Turn2Racing in Davis, Ca. Racing simulations

Last night I attended the Grand Opening of Turn 2 Racing in Davis, Ca off Highway 113 and Russell Rd in the Trader Joe’s, University Mall, and Forever 21 Shopping center. is located inside the mall, directly across from Ramen Hook.

Currently they have 4 racing simulators set up with multiple accessories and controls to offer a variation of experiences, even though they utilize the same background program on all machines, the different physics offer a different fell.

All machines have synchronized vibration packs the shake the seat and all units have a direct motor with force feedback on the steering wheel. 1 machine has an additional traction loss element that allows the full seat and unit to simulate the feeling of oversteer. The fourth machine has 2 Degrees of Freedom (2 DoF) meaning it simulates braking, acceleration and lateral forces.

The owner has down a nice job to offer a range of experiences. 1 of the machines is specifically set up for the younger junior drivers (kids) that allow them to experience a real racing simulation, without all the physical forces.

By real racing simulator, I mean these machines do a good job at replicating the feel of driving. The steering wheels take real effort to turn, and will pull opposite directions depending on your racing line. I was most impressed with the brake pedal. Most racing games use a potentiometer for the brake control, which measures pedal travel, but there is not feel to it. Turn2Racing uses a load cell for the brake control, meaning if you want to brake hard, you better push hard. With a potentiometer, you only push farther.

My 2 driving tips for to increase your enjoyment at Turn2Racing.

  1. Look at the brake pressure meter the first few minutes of your driving experience. If you are not filling up the bar graph with a red bar, you are not using the brake
  2. Choose a simple track layout and a slower car, I like the Miata MX-5 Cup car. This will allow you to learn a track, learn the machine, and focus on decreasing your lap times.

Once you have a basic understanding of the operation of the machines and controls, the driving experience becomes exponentially more enjoyable.

So, go check it out –

Golf For Go Karts Tournament and Fundraiser

Today we caught up with Austin Elliott from Speedsense Motorsports to talk about his fundraiser, Golf 4 Go Karts. The fundraiser is a scramble golf tournament to raise funds to send local Norcal Karter, William Ferguson, to Italy for the World Rok Cup Championship.

I’m personally excited that Austin and William are taking a different approach to raising funds to fund a dream of racing in Europe. Listen to the above podcast for more details.

The Quick Info

When: Monday – September 16, 2019

Where: Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, 1095 Hiddenbrooke Pkwy, Vallejo, CA 94591

Check in: 8:30 AM with Breakfast included 

Shotgun Start: 10 am

After the tournament, lunch will be provided at the Clubhouse Pool.  Golf for Go-Karts and Sponsors will be offering a variety of raffle prizes, competitions (putting, chipping, hole-in-one) and games. Sponsors will be throughout the course to bring the racing world to life for this incredible experience. 

Golf for Go-Karts Athlete: William Ferguson

William Ferguson has worked hard for the Challenge of the America’s ROK Championship and needs your help in competing at the ROK Finals in Italy! He will be representing Team USA when competing against the best racers the world of Karting has to offer.

William has been racing karts for a total of 4 years, with his dad as his mechanic and running under the guidance of Austin Elliott at Speedsense Motorsports. William has secured multiple race wins and two championships in the Regional and National levels in just the last year alone. He looks to add to another win when competing at the ROK Finals in Italy this coming October.

We appreciate all of your support and look forward to seeing you on the golf course to help support William achieve his dream!

Official Registration Page

The below Donate Button is for the Norcal Karters Project. If you would like to Donate to the Golf For Go-Karts Fundraiser, please contact Austin with Speedsense.

Upcoming Northern California Karting Events – Week of August 19, 2019

This week we promote some upcoming karting events. Couple of odd ball dates to keep in mind.

Monday, August 26 – NCK Road Racers at the Thunderhill East Track –

Monday, September 16 – Golf for Go Karts Fundraiser at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club –

These are the upcoming events that we have listed on Norcal Karters Calendar

  • August 22-25, Vortex Rok Cup Amarillo
  • August 24-25, KPX Reno – August 26, MONDAY – NCK Thunderhill 3 Mile
  • Link on NorcalKarters
  • August 31- Sept 1 – Gold Rush Dixon – Backwards
  • August 31- Sept 1 FKC / CRC Cal Speed
  • Labor Day Weekend
  • September 7-8, 2019 – Prokart Challenge Santa Maria
  • September 14-15 Sanzura Rok Sonoma
  • September 15, BlueMax Kart Club
  • September 16, GOLF FOR GO KARTS Fundraiser

If we are missing your events or you would like to have more direct exposure and conversion for your kart racing event, contact me for details on promoting your event. We have multiple packages available to fit your needs and budget.

As always, we appreciate your donations and support so we can continue to expand our project.