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June 24, 2010
Industry News: Prime Power from Prime Kartsport

Wickens and Grist have combined for three poles in six starts (Photo by: On Track Promotions)
Wickens and Grist have combined for three poles in six starts
(Photo by: On Track Promotions)

As the Canadian karting season hits full swing with the arrival of summer, one fact that can not be denied is that Prime Power has been putting Rotax Max drivers in ‘Prime Time’ across the country! Regional wins, poles and fastest laps have already come from coast to coast, despite Canada only having raced through Springtime.

“It’s been just an excellent start to our first season,” said Trevor Wickens, head of Technical Development at Prime. “It’s very rewarding for us to see the results at the track justify the effort we have been putting into developing Prime Power. We’ve spent countless hours testing and developing in the dyno room, and we’re truly seeing a master plan coming to fruition.”

The bulk of Prime Power is competing in the ECKC where the tally has reached four poles, six wins, fourteen podiums and five fastest laps through the opening pair of events. Prime Kartsport/CRG driver Tyler McEwan has also put Prime Power on the grid in the Montreal Cup, while Birel’s Garett Grist has done the same in the WCC. Both have scored poles, wins, and fastest laps, and Grist, for one, says the partnership has been fantastic.

“The power has been amazing and the reliability has been awesome,” said Grist after sweeping Rotax Junior at the opening round of the WCC. “Going with Prime Power has been a great decision, and it’s working out fantastic. We’ve had great power out West, as we have in Ontario also. Trevor and Frank have been amazing, and whenever we need something they are there for us.”

The supportive feedback is music to the ears of Wickens, who strives to make it known that Prime Power is available to all karters, and not limited to those under the team tent at Prime Kartsport/CRG.

“Prime Power is absolutely an independent entity from Prime Kartsport/CRG,” Wickens confirmed. “We will build engines for any driver that requires our service and we are always looking to expand our customer base. The fact is that Garett Grist has the same horsepower as Prime/CRG driver Luke Chudleigh, and there are no special engines that come from Prime. They are all built to achieve the maximum available from each individual unit.”

To that end come Wickens and Michael Vincec, a longtime driver/tuner pairing that has moved into the shop. Vincec still guides a CRG in Rotax Senior, along with handling the dyno operation and playing captain to a brand new Land and Sea Chassis Dyno manufactured in Boston. Prime purchased the unit over the winter and have been capitalizing on the benefits since the Canadian season began. All told, Prime Power has achieved 8 poles, 9 wins, 18 podiums and produced the fastest lap of the race 11 times in Regional racing this season.

The entire Prime Kartsport/CRG National Team utilizes Prime Power, along with Reid Arnold (CRG), Garett Grist (Birel), and now Michael Adams (Kosmic), another front-running Junior Rotax driver. For more information on how Prime can help you find your ultimate pace, please click ‘contact’ at primekartsport.com, or visit Prime Kartsport on Facebook.
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