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Top drivers awarded at national championships

MONCTON, N.B. - Canada's top drivers were crowned at the National Truck Driving Championships hosted by the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) earlier this fall. The championships featured...


HIGH HOPES: Team Atlantic member Ron Wood of Midland Transport does a quick walk-around before starting competition. Wood wound up taking the runner-up spot in the five axle class.

HIGH HOPES: Team Atlantic member Ron Wood of Midland Transport does a quick walk-around before starting competition. Wood wound up taking the runner-up spot in the five axle class.


MONCTON, N.B. – Canada’s top drivers were crowned at the National Truck Driving Championships hosted by the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) earlier this fall. The championships featured the winners of each provincial competition held throughout the summer.

The event included the first female competitor to take part in a national competition.

Karen King of Purolator Courier in Ontario took top honours in the step van class.

The best driver in the straight truck category was Larry Radons of Reimer Express Lines in Saskatchewan.

The single/single category was taken by Jose Vergara of JD Smith and Sons in Ontario.

Herb Peters of Day and Ross did Team Atlantic proud by winning the single tandem class while Dan Congdon of Team Ontario won the tandem/tandem class on behalf of Reimer Express Lines.

The Super B Train category was won by Chris Vanderzwan representing Team Ontario and Petro Canada.

Reimer’s Congdon was recognized as Rookie of the Year and Vanderzwan was named Grand Champion.

Team Ontario was named the top team in the competition.

Competitors had to drive their trucks through a variety of obstacles set up at the Moncton Coliseum Complex.

They were also evaluated through a written test and during a pre-trip inspection.

The following is a full list of winners:

Step Van

Winner:

Karen King

Team Ontario

Purolator Courier

Runner up:

Thomas Jacobs

Team Saskatchewan

Purolator Courier

Straight Truck

Winner:

Larry Radons

Team Saskatchewan

Reimer Express Lines

Runner up:

Keith Franklin

Team Alberta

Canadian Freightways

Three axle

Winner:

Jose Vergara

Team Ontario

JD Smith & Sons Ltd

Runner up:

Brian Weslowski

Team Saskatchewan

SLH Transport

Four axle

Winner:

Herb Peters

Team Atlantic

Day & Ross Inc

Runner up:

Harvey Gording

Team Saskatchewan

Reimer Express Lines

Five axle

Winner:

Dan Congdon

Team Ontario

Reimer Express Lines

Runner up:

Rod Wood

Team Atlantic

Midland Transport Ltd.

Super B Train

Winner:

Chris Vanderzwan

Team Ontario

Petro Canada

Runner up:

Donald Porlier

Team Quebec

Groupe Robert

Team of the Year

Team Ontario:

Karen King, Purolator Courier

Mike Farnsworth, PSC Industrial Services

Jose Vergara, JD Smith & Sons Ltd

Darcy Groff, Schneider Foods

Dan Congdon, Reimer Express Lines

Chris Vanderzwan, Petro Canada


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