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Decorated karting ace Piers Prior will graduate to single-seaters full time in 2020, after confirming he will join Lanan Racing for this year’s BRDC British F3 Championship, completing the Bedfordshire team’s three-car line-up.
The coming season will mark Prior’s first full campaign of car racing, having impressed in various one-off drives in recent years, including his maiden single-seater races last year in F1000 at Silverstone. As a last-minute call-up, Prior set the sixth fastest time in qualifying, and then took an emphatic victory in the second race, where he sliced through from 17th and last on the grid to win on slick tyres in changeable conditions, over nine seconds clear of the field.
Prior, who has also taken podiums in the MG Cup and MINI Challenge, has enjoyed constant success in a varied karting career.
His first taste of glory came in 2010 when he was crowned the Sodi World Series Junior Champion, and he followed that with third in the Sodi World Karting Finals in the Senior Sprint Cup category in 2014.
The British driver won the Henry Surtees Karting Challenge in 2015 at Buckmore Park, and was third the following year. He also won the Shenington SuperPrix in the X30 Senior category in 2017, and the Whilton Mill Senior X30 division in 2018. In addition, Prior is an eight-time Buckmore Park champion, and twice named Driver of the Year.
His various triumphs have resulted in several prize test drives, including British F4, Formula Renault 2.0 at Jerez and a previous-generation Formula 3 car.
Prior, an alumni of Ipswich School that also produced F1 star Alex Albon, will balance his racing with his studies in Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University, where he has been specialising in automotive materials. He has also embarked on a media career that has seen him act as the test driver for Karting Magazine, and as a writer for Red Bull Media House.
|2019||F1000 race winner at Silverstone|
|2018||Whilton Mill kart club Senior X30 Champion|
|2017||Shenington SuperPrix Winner, X30 Senior|
|2016||Henry Surtees Foundation Karting Challenge - third place|
|2015||Henry Surtees Foundation Karting Challenge winner
MINI Challenge UK - guest drive, one podium
|2014||Third in Sodi World Karting Finals, Senior Sprint Cup|
|2010||Sodi World Series Junior Champion|