It was an amazing second season for the Briggs Weekly Racing Series with an expanded prize package, and an expanded roster of drivers participating. Each week, weekend warriors take to their local kart tracks, competing with the popular Briggs 206 engine package in the Senior/Masters categories. In total, the driver total for the season was 1,523 – a 25% increase from the opening year of the program hosted by 45 tracks across Canada and the United States.
Looking at the numbers more in-depth, Canada and West regions make up 61% of the drivers in the Briggs WRS program, with Canada welcoming the most with 476 from 11 tracks. The West has the largest number of tracks at 15, while the East only boasts six, all coming from the southern section of the coastline. Thus, a void is left in the northeastern portion of the country, which should be represented next year with the continued growth of the Briggs 206 engine.
The final calculations have been made, with three drivers earning maximum points over the course of the 2016 season to finish tied at the top of the Briggs Weekly Racing Series. The deciding factor was the ‘karts finished ahead of’ column in the calculations, thus giving Canadian driver Skylar Dunning the overall #1 position. The Edmonton & District Kart Racing Association (EDKRA) averaged over 15 drivers a race on the year, helping Dunning to claim the top spot. Fellow Canadian Cameron Nickerson matched the score via his results at the Atlantic Motorsport Karters Association in Nova Scotia. Top driver in the Midwest region – Logan Smith – also recorded a perfect score for his efforts at the Concept Haulers Motor Speedway just outside Chicago, Illinois – another popular facility for Briggs 206 racing.
Barry Peel and JT Swygert topped the other two regions to claim the top prize in the West and East. Peel was among the top challengers for the #1 position overall all season from the Gulf Coast Karters facility outside Houston, Texas, finishing fourth with the top honor in his region. Swygert moved up late in the year, climbing to the top spot in the East at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina, finishing the year sixth overall. Canada claimed the top spot, and took five of the top-10 positions. Midwest followed with three drivers while just the top drivers in the West and East completing the top-10.
West Barry Peel Points: 201 Track: Gulf Coast Karters
Age: 37 Hometown: Houston, Texas Occupation: Construction Project Superintendent Chassis: Alpha Sponsors: Alpha Karting Years Karting: 2
We have seen tremendous growth at our races this year. Our first three races had 68,72, and 91 race entries. 91 entries was a club record! As a result of these record participations, it is imperative that the parking and the pit space be done in an efficient manner. Please see the revised diagram showing the pit locations at the track. Each pit space is 10’ wide, and there are two spaces between the yellow posts. There should be only one pit space for each trailer, with the pitting out of the back, but not on the pit runners. Exceptions to this should only be for teams with three or more karts, then a second pit space may be used.
Our Saturday practice days are almost as busy as a race day, and many leave their trailers overnight for the race on Sunday. It is important that pitting on Saturday follow the same procedures as race day, one trailer per pit space. Please pit as near to the front as possible, without taking the sponsor’s pit area. This will allow a more manageable parking for those that arrive on Sunday.
Please note that the track will be closed this Friday thru Sunday for the TSRS race. No trailers are to be left on property after Thursday without permission of the race sponsor.
Red areas reserved for sponsors
Pit area is 10’ section (two pit spots between power poles)
One pit area per trailer, please pit out of the back
Check out the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series points standings! Barry Peal is leading the West Region and Steve Hanson is 3rd in the West Region. More info here http://www.briggswrs.com/standings.php
Gulf Coast Karters is participating in the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series again in 2016!
Have you ever wondered how you stand up against other racers in your state or region of the country? That is the premise behind the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series. “We wanted to incorporate the fun and excitement of racing the 206 crate engine with a program that supports both the racers and local tracks running it” stated David Klaus, Director- Briggs & Stratton Racing.
See how you rate against other LO206 racers in our region. GCKI will be sending the race results to Briggs & Stratton after each race so they can enter the results into their database which keeps track of the region's points standings.
Racers in each region will be competing for over $11,000 in generators and pressure washers. “Great prizes along with bragging rights are on the line as well as every racer’s cumulative points will go towards crowning our 2015 ‘Top 206’ tracks.”
More information on the series and prizes is on the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series website http://www.briggswrs.com
With the 2016 Race season well underway and record membership in hand, we are starting to see significant turnout on some of our practice days. We sometimes have as many on a practice day as a full race day. That being said, it is appropriate we review what should be appropriate procedures on these busy days.
First and foremost, safety is the number one concern. No activity or procedure should not be done on these days that would not be allowed on a full race day. Those include:
Practice days are for members only
All race gear needs to be on while on the track, including neck braces
No spectators on the track, karts only
No kart stands or recovery while karts are on the track
No fueling in the grid area (it will destroy the asphalt)
No mixing of inappropriate classes
Be considerate of the time on the track, particularly when there are large groups
Make sure everyone knows what the group make up and order is (this is your club, let’sall help run it)
No speeding in the hot grid area
No driving karts on the pit runners
Keep the place clean, please empty the trash to the dumpster
If we all make the effort to be courteous and help each other, we will all have a great day at the track.
Spectators are welcome. There is a $5 fee for anyone over 5 years of age, and a wristband must be obtained in the club house.
*Practice time at race directors discretion.
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Gulf Coast Karters welcomes and encourages members and non-members to volunteer to help run our kart racing events. You don't have to race to be involved in kart racing at Gulf Coast Karters. You can be a Corner Worker, Grid Marshall or work the Concessions Stand on race day and get paid for your service to GCKI. You don't have to be a member to serve as a race worker. Come and join in the action! Sign up to work in the Worker Forum Thread.