BIBLE HILL – The Atlantic Regional Driving Championship is coming to the Truro Raceway this summer.
Standardbred Canada (SC) announced the host tracks and dates for all the regional championships across the country, with the Atlantic championship coming to Colchester County on June 29.
The top two drivers from each regional competition will advance to the 2018 National Driving Championship at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont., on Sept. 26.
The winner of the 2018 National Driving Championship will have the opportunity to represent Canada in the 2019 World Driving Championship in Sweden.
This will be the first time the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship will be held at the Truro Raceway during the 11-year history of the championships. Nine of the top drivers from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island will compete for points in the eight race event, all looking for a coveted spot in the national competition.
“Truro Raceway is excited to host the battle of the top drivers in the Maritimes with two spots in the National Driving Championship on the line,” said Kelly MacEachen, manager of customer experience at Truro Raceway, in a press release. “It’s an amazing opportunity for us to showcase what we have to offer but also a chance for the Truro community to experience high calibre racing right at home.”
To qualify for the national championship, drivers must finish first or second at their regional competition.
Regional events will feature eight or nine drivers who will compete in a minimum of eight races. Drivers will receive points based on their finishing position and the top two point earners will advance.
Past winners of the National Driving Championship title include Brandon Campbell (2016), Jody Jamieson (2014 and 2011), Brad Forward (2009), and Gilles Barrieau (2007).
The winner of the 2018 National Driving Championship will have the opportunity to represent Canada in the World Driving Championship, and join 2017 World Driving Champion, James MacDonald, of Guelph, Ont., in the 2019 World Driving Championship in Sweden.
SC hosted the 2017 World Driving Championship (WDC) in August, 2017 and MacDonald’s victory earned him an automatic invitation to the 2019 event in which he will become the representative for the International Trotting Association.
Canada was invited to send a second driver to the 2019 event and Standardbred Canada accepted the invitation.