Ontario Brings Home Team Driving Award

DIEPPE, NB. — Thirty-three of Canada’s best truck drivers competed in this year’s National Professional Truck Driving Championships, but it was Team Ontario that came out on top.

The Ontario team also had its own Shawn Matheson, driver with Home Hardware, win Grand Champion this year.

Rookie of the Year went to Marc Léger, Transport Robert, Team Québec.

The event, hosted this year by the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA), was “a huge success and the weather was fantastic,” said Jean-Marc Picard, APTA’s executive director. “Congratulations to all the winners and participants. We look forward to attend and support Team Atlantic in British Columbia for the 2013 National Professional Truck Driving Championships.”

Here’s the breakdown:

2 Axle

1st place Joseph Kuntz, Home Hardware (Team Ontario)

2nd place Keith Franklin, Canadian Freightways (Team Alberta)

3rd place Danny Maltais, Sim-Tran (Team Québec)

3 Axle

1st place Marc Léger, Transport Robert (Team Québec)

2nd place Wayne Burnett, Home Hardware (Team Ontario)

3rd place Calvin Briggs, Grimshaw Trucking (Team Alberta)

4 Axle

1st place Jeffery MacLean, SLH Transport Inc. (Team Ontario)

2nd place Louis Gauthier, Groupe Jean Coutu (Team Québec)

3rd place Steve MacPhee, Day & Ross Transportation Group (Team Atlantic)

5 Axle

1st place Shawn Matheson, Home Hardware (Team Ontario)

2nd place Paul Mills, Canada Safeway (Team Alberta)

3rd place Steve Schwenker, Q-Line Trucking (Team Saskatchewan)

B-Train

1st place Ken Wiebe, EBD Enterprises (Team Manitoba)

2nd place Adam Besse, Canadian Freightways (Team British Columbia)

3rd place Shawn Pieschke, TDL Group (Team Atlantic)

Rookie of the Year

Marc Léger, Transport Robert (Team Québec)

Team Award

Team Ontario: Joseph Kuntz, Home Hardware; Wayne Burnett, Home Hardware; Jeffrey MacLean, SLH Transport Inc.; Shawn Matheson, Home Hardware; Brian Heyworth, SLH Transport Inc.

Grand Champion

Shawn Matheson, Home Hardware (Team Ontario)

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