I've done a lot of reading about racing, and playing of simulators, but do not have much experience with the actual thing. The other day I was out at a kart track in the wet and was hoping for help explaining the technical reason for what I experienced.
Usually, you're taught to brake in a straight line, then turn in and slowly add throttle at the apex.
However, with the kart, I would brake early on the straight and try to turn in and experience massive understeer (the kart would not turn at all). Through trial and error, I eventually figured out that I had to apply power very early to get the kart to go around the wet corners at any appreciable speed.
From my limited amount of understanding, this is counter-intuitive. Applying throttle I would imagine shifts the weight backwards, making the front even lighter and more prone to understeer. I don't think I was inducing oversteer, because I didn't have to counter-steer to catch the back end; I was still steering into the corner while applying throttle.
Can anyone help me understand the dynamics of what was going on?