B.C. hosts provincial driving championships

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LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C. Truck Driving Championships were recently held in Abbotsford, with John Broker of Martin Brower of Canada taking top honours as Grand Champion.

Sixty two drivers took part in the championships, vying for a spot on B.C.’s national team which will participate in the Canadian championships in Moncton, N.B. Sept. 22-24.

The championships (hosted by the B.C. Trucking Association and judged by ICBC, RCMP, BCTA and other trucking insiders) involved a written test, a pre-trip inspection and a driving test. It was followed by a banquet where the awards were doled out.

Other winners included: Todd Wilson, FedEx Ground, Rookie of the Year; and Hans Wettstein, Canadian Freightways, Safety Award. Canadian Freightways took the Team Trophy, represented by Jack Newton, Brian Vanzetta, Dale Scott, Wettstein, Rob Balan and Bill Alexander.

The remaining categories were won by: Wilson, FedEx Ground, step-van; Wettstein, Canadian Freightways, straight truck; Evan Hirst, Canadian Freightways, single-single; Julius Swecera, Reimer Express, single-tandem; Broker, Martin Brower of Canada, tandem-tandem; Lance Tenhoeve, Reimer Express, b-train.

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