Ontario Driver Wins Rookie of the Year, Grand Champion at Nationals

LANGLEY, B.C. — Home Hardware driver Rob Marshall is bringing back two titles to Ontario after this past weekend’s National Professional Truck Driving Championships.

It was Marshall’s first time at the Nationals, and a charming one at that. Competing in the Straight Truck division and scoring 430 points out of a possible 500, he netted both Grand Champion and Rookie of the Year.

Manitoba took home the Team Trophy, while BC drivers John Broker out of Port Coquitlam placed first third in Tandem-Tandem and Jose Lecinana from Sooke took third in the Single-Single division.

Awards were handed out at a banquet at the Ramada Plaza Abbotsford Hotel & Convention Centre followed the competition. Shaun Garvey, Organizing Committee Chair, ICBC, and Gary Ryder, Chief Judge, Chevron Canada Ltd., presented the awards to the winners, and Tammy Clifford, Zurich Canada, handed out trophies.

Here’s the full-list of winners:

Grand Champion & Rookie of the Year: Rob Marshall, ON (Home Hardware)

Safety Award: Jason Novak, MB (Canadian Freightways)

Team Trophy: Manitoba – Brian Hrabarchuk (Con-way Freight), Ken Wiebe (EDB Enterprises), Ronald Poirier (TST Overland Express), Jason Novak (Canadian Freightways) & Howard McAfee (H & T Trucking)

Straight Truck:

1st Place: Rob Marshall, ON (Home Hardware)

2nd Place: Larry Radons, SK (YRC Reimer)

3rd Place: Keith Franklin, AB (Canadian Freightways)

Single-Single:

1st Place: Clary Ward, ON (Con-Way Freight)

2nd Place: Michel Carriere, QC (Groupe Jean Coutu)

3rd Place: Jose Lecinana, BC (Canadian Freightways)

Single-Tandem

1st Place: Ronald Poirier, MB (TST Overland Express)

2nd Place: Bert Weykamp, ON (Con-Way Freight)

3rd Place: Claude Tessier, QC (Transport Robert)

Tandem-Tandem:

1st Place: John Broker, BC (Martin Brower)

2nd Place: Rod Harrison, AB (Canadian Freightways)

3rd Place: Howard McAfee, MB (H & T Trucking)

Super B-Train:

1st Place: Ken Wiebe, MB (EBD Enterprises)

2nd Place: Gord Procyk, SK (Jay’s Transport)

3rd Place: Steve Calhoun, AB (Canadian Freightways)

Congrats!

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