2018 Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series Standings Profile – Jordan Prior
TRAK and MIKA champion reaches top-10 in rookie Senior 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 #5 – Jordan Prior
Track: Goodwood Kartways
Hometown: Guelph, Ontario
Chassis: Birel ART
Years Karting: 4
2018 Briggs WRS Events
It was a phenomenal first season in Senior racing for Canadian Jordan Prior. The Guelph, Ontario driver finished 2017 Briggs Weekly Racing Series program in 26th overall in the Junior standings, placing 10th among the Canadian drivers. In 2018, Prior was 28th overall in the Senior/Masters standings, reaching P5 on the Canada side for his efforts in the TRAK program at Goodwood Kartways against 78 total competitors. Prior drove to six podium finishes over the 12 rounds of racing, winning once.
Jordan also contested the MIKA championship at Mosport Kartways in the Briggs Senior division against 83 different drivers, winning that title as well. Nine podiums with one win were good enough to place him 12th in the Briggs WRS Canada standings. Add in third place in the Champion Ron Fellows Karting Challenge (CRFKC) program, third in the PFAFF Karsport Cup series and second at the Canadian Open, 2018 was a great season.
Prior began karting with an arrive-and-drive program at the Waterloo Kart Club before racing his first kart – a Maranello – in 2015 in the Briggs Junior class, racing at the HRKC in Hamilton with support from Trevor Wickens – brother of IndyCar driver Robert Wickens. Jordan eventually moved over to racing at the TRAK and MIKA programs in 2017, his last season in the Junior ranks.
“When we first looked into the Briggs program we were attracted to the more affordable aspect of the program. However, as I continued through the years I realized that Briggs can offer some of the most competitive and closest racing in Canada. I really enjoy the tight racing Briggs offers, its like a chess match, we have a 10 kart train battling for the lead and one wrong move can wreck the whole weekend. The thing I like most about racing in Ontario is that the Briggs Senior fields are consistently the biggest fields of the day, with some days having 40+ drivers on the grid, made up of some of the best Briggs drivers in North America.”
Prior is planning to continue racing at the MIKA, TRAK, HRKC, the Inter Club Challenge, and the CRFKC series. 2019 will mark the fifth year racing at the Canadian National Karting Championships, looking to improve on his 13th place finish last year in the Briggs Senior division. Jordan won the Florida Winter Tour Briggs 206 category at the January event outside the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.