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Benjamin Rhys Pryor (born 16 February 1995) is a Welsh racing driver who has raced in FF3M under AndrewF1’s driver academy and is currently one of the test drivers for FJR.

Early history

Born in Anglesey, Pryor started racing at the Glan-y-gors go-kart track an hour away from his home town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, before moving onto single-seater racing at the Trac Mȏn circuit on the Anglesey Island itself. He took part in a few invitational FFFordM races in 2010 and while he quick, he proved to be rather erratic with a number of incidents including an almighty accident at Oulton Park. Pryor described this as a “necessary wake-up call.”

Pryor was signed by Rutland Racing to compete in his first full season for the 2011 FFFordM National Championship, and after a season-long rivalry with good friend James Clark, Pryor won the championship in the final race at Brands Hatch.

A lack of funding for Pryor meant that he was unable to find a drive for the 2012 FF4M Europe series, but luckily for him, he was invited to race for Team Kikuchi in the SEA series on a race-by-race deal. His best result was 2nd place at the Sepang circuit, but Pryor found the team surroundings and the language barrier difficult. Nevertheless, he finished 5th in the championship, which allowed him to race in the upcoming FF3M championship.

FF3M

For the inaugural FF3M season in 2013, Pryor signed for AndrewF1’s driver academy to race for Bellini with Mattia Alfonsi as his teammate. Contrary to his single-seater debut, Pryor was making a more consistent name for himself as he finished every single race and only once outside of the top ten.

During the fifth meeting at the circuit where he flipped his car, Pryor took his first FF3M win after holding off Cooper Lee. He finished the season 6th in the championship, tied on points with Itsuki Yoshida but behind on countback as Yoshida had two 4th places compared to Pryor’s one. Although only the top 5 were eligible for FF2M graduation, Pryor was given special dispensation by the AFIA to be allowed to race in FF2M.

FF1M

Pryor was unable to find a drive for the 2014 FF2M season, but he was signed by FJR to be one their test drivers for the 2014 FF1M season. He took part in the end of season young drivers test at Interlagos where he compared the 2013 Honda engine in the morning session with the 2014 Judd engine in the afternoon. Although he was 7th quickest out of 11 drivers in both sessions, his time in the afternoon session was nearly a second quicker than in the morning, and he later described the difference between the two engines as “noticeable.”

For 2014 FF1M season, Pryor took part in five of the eight pre-season test sessions and was praised by team boss James Brickles for his speed, particularly during the second day at Barcelona when he set the 5th fastest time. He would take part in a number of practice sessions during the 2014 season and was evenly matched on pace with former Horizon driver Sam Bird throughout the season.

FGT3 Supercup

Shortly before the start of the 2014 FF1M season, the AFIA announced a new support series as an outlet for unemployed and retired FF1M drivers, which included those unable to race in FF2M and FF3M. As Pryor wasn't able to find a drive in FF2M, he was eligible to race in the Fantasy GT3 SuperCup series alongside Gojira's 2nd test driver Roberto Merhi at Canary Racing. He qualified 8th for the first race at Melbourne and finished 9th having been comfortably quicker than his teammate. Although he would very quickly receive a call-up to race in FF2M, he participated in a further three FGT3 races and finished in the points for all three before concentrating his efforts on his FF2M campaign.

FF2M

Pryor was given his chance in FF2M after a disastrous first round for STV Racing saw team boss James Brickles unceremoniously drop Jolyon Palmer in favour of the Welshman. His debut at Estoril was promising as he showed good speed against teammate Max Chilton, but both races would ultimately yield no points after a spin resulted in a rear wing change in the feature race, while contact with Stoffel Vandoorne left Pryor down in 8th at the finish. The next meeting at Monaco saw him take his first points of the season with 7th in the feature race. This left him starting on the front row for the sprint race, and he made use of the tight street circuit to finish 2nd, his first podium of the season. Unfortunately for Pryor, those would be his only points of the season, despite a few more promising performances, but Brickles would keep him for the 2014-15 Asia Series.

Racing Record

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2010 FFFordM Northern Mini Motors 6 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2011 FFFordM National Rutland Racing 20 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A 1st
2012 FF4M SEA Team Kikuchi 6 0 0 0 1 48 5th
2013 FF3M Bellini 20 1 0 1 4 76 6th
2014 FF1M FJR TD
2014 FGT3 Supercup Canary Racing 4 0 0 0 0 5 9th*
2014 FF2M STV Racing 18 0 0 0 1 7 16th
2014-15 FF2M Asia STV Racing

*Season still in progress

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