2018 Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series Standings Profile – Connor Peet
Senior rookie from Calgary Kart Racing Club reaches top-10 despite early end to 2018 season
The 2018 season marked the fourth year of the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series Presented by RLV. The purpose of the effort is to promote the grassroots Briggs 206 program across North America, providing racers with the opportunity to match up against other drivers from across the United States and Canada. Through the support of their racers, clubs and tracks signed up for the program and, in return, both the tracks and racers received prizes at the end of the season, including many products produced by Briggs & Stratton.
The 2018 Briggs WRS program welcomed a combined 3,400 racers in Senior/Masters and Junior competition, enjoying just over 50 participating tracks throughout North America. Over the past four years, the program has welcomed a total of 15,000 competing racers and, with the help of RLV, the Hilliard Corporation and Amsoil, over $150,000 in prizes have been awarded.
eKartingNews.com is now recognizing the top-10 overall in the USA and Canada Senior/Masters divisions and the Junior ranks. For complete rankings, visit the Briggs WRS 2018 Final Report and for more on the program, visit www.briggsracing.com
Top-10 Briggs Weekly Racing Series Canada Senior/Masters Profiles
USA #6 – Connor Peet
Track: Calgary Kart Racing Club
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Chassis: FA Kart
Years Karting: 9
2018 Briggs WRS Events
The second of three drivers who call Calgary Kart Racing Club home in the top-10 for the Briggs Weekly Racing Series is Connor Peet. The 16-year-old finished third in the CKRC Briggs & Stratton Light standings with two wins and a total of five podium finishes in 10 rounds of racing. At the end of August, Peet was leading the standings until he broke his foot riding his dirt bike. The break required surgery, and thus he had to miss the last four club race days. Connor also finished third in the Rotax Senior division. 2018 was his first year in the Senior ranks, placing fourth in the Briggs WRS Junior standings in 2017 after placing 384th in 2016.
“2018 was my first season in the Senior classes and I was excited to play with the big boys and see if my Junior accomplishments carried up to the Senior stage with some really tough competition. I was thrilled with this accomplishment as I have looked up to many of these Senior drivers for years and it was amazing to get to race with them.”
Peet began racing at 7-years-old with Calgary Kart Racing Club at the old track at Race City, aboard an Italkart Cadet package. After a few years, Peet moved to the 2-Cycle side of the club before moving to the Briggs 206 package for the 2017 season. His debut season in the Briggs Junior category was a phenomenal year at his home track, placing inside the top-two in 12 of the 13 rounds of the 2017 CKRC season. Peet drove to seven wins and five runner-up finishes.
“I race both Rotax and Briggs and enjoy the competitive nature of the Briggs classes. Close racing and its equalized so the best drivers prevail. CKRC is a great family club and I have made many friends through racing. Competitors on the track and friends off the track.”
The Peet family is a racing one, with Connor’s brother Kiefer and father Dan also racing at the Calgary Kart Racing Club. Kiefer placed second in the Briggs & Stratton Junior standings at CKRC, finishing 21st in the Briggs WRS standings for 2018. Dan competes in the Rotax Masters division at CKRC, placing seventh in the 2018 championship chase.
Peet is hoping to carry the momentum into 2019 where he left off before breaking his foot in both 4-Cycle and 2-Cycle classes. Connor will be participating in the Western Canadian Karting Championship program as well as the Alberta Shootout series. Of course, Peet is gunning for the top spot in the CKRC standings in both Senior Briggs Light and Senior Rotax for 2019.