Central Ontario truckers vie for top spot at driving championship

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KITCHENER, Ont. — A group of 26 drivers took part in the Central Ontario Driving Championships at Conestoga College Doon Campus in Kitchener on June 11. Each driver was vying for top spot in their respective divisions by completing three tasks designed to prove their prowess as truckers: an extensive written test, a pre-trip inspection, and an eight-manoeuvre driving course.

The results of the competition are as follows:

Straight truck (sponsored by International Trucks)       
1st place – Joe Kuntz of Home Hardware
2nd place – Rob Marshall of Maple Leaf Foods
3rd place – Stew Jutzi of Erb Transport

Single, Single (sponsored by Your Advantage Staffing)
1st place – Clarey Ward of Conway Freight (Canada)
2nd place – Rick Dobie of Conway Freight (Canada)
3rd place – Jeff Peppler of Maple Leaf Foods

Single Tandem (sponsored by Tri Country Truck & Fork Lift Training)
1st place – William Wolf of Maple Leaf Foods
2nd place – Byron Winfield of Home Hardware
3rd place – Jeff Lambkin of Erb Transport

Tandem Tandem (sponsored by Home Hardware)
1st place – Shawn Matherson of Home Hardware
2nd place – Tom  Griffiths of Maple Leaf Foods
3rd place – Peter Raschke of Linamar Transport

B Train (sponsored by Transit Lubricants)
1st place – Wayne Ballagh of Home Hardware Stores
2nd place – Ernest Streicher of Home Hardware Stores
3rd place – Pete Mosher of Maple Leaf Foods

The Safety Award went to Shawn Matherson of Home Hardware Stores, while the Team Award went to Matherson, Wayne Ballagh, and Joe Kuntz of Home Hardware Stores. Matherson was also named Grand Champion at the event.

The Rookie Award was given to Jeff Peppler of Maple Leaf Foods.

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