Top truckers crowned at national driving championship
September 16, 2011
CALGARY, Alta. -- The highest-skilled truck drivers in the country battled it out at the National Professional Truck Driving Championship held Sept. 8-11 in Calgary. The event featured the winners from the provincial championships, which made...
CALGARY, Alta. — The highest-skilled truck drivers in the country battled it out at the National Professional Truck Driving Championship held Sept. 8-11 in Calgary. The event featured the winners from the provincial championships, which made up seven teams: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces. Each participant completed a comprehensive written test, a practical truck inspection and the driving course competition consisting of seven challenging obstacles. And the results are in.
Taking first place in the Straight Truck class was Stewart Jutzi of Erb Transport, representing Team Ontario.
“Erb Transport is very proud of Stew Jutzi and his significant accomplishments. Stew, like all Erb drivers, is a true professional,” Erb officials said in a release.
Evan Hurst of Canadian Freightways took the top spot in the Single Single category, representing British Columbia.
The most decorated driver of the day was Claude Tessier of Groupe Robert in Quebec, who, in addition to besting the bunch in the Single Tandem class, also earned Rookie of the Year and Grand Champion honours.
The Albertan team did the host province proud with a first place finish by Rod Harrison of Canadian Freightways in the Tandem Tandem class.
Taking top honours in the B Train category was yet another driver with Canadian Freightways, Adam Besse, who was there representing British Columbia.
The team results saw Ontario taking first place, British Columbia in second, and Alberta rounding out the group in third.
The full results are as follows:
Straight Truck 1st place: Stewart Jutzi, ERB Transport, OTA 2nd place: Kevin Corscadden, Sokil Express, AMTA 3rd place: Chad Kitkowski, Canadian Freightways, MTA
Single Single 1st place: Evan Hurst, Canadian Freightways, BCTA 2nd place: Claude Guerin, Transport Bourassa, ACQ 3rd place: Brian Weslowski, SLH Transport, STA
Single Tandem 1st place: Claude Tessier, Groupe Robert, ACQ 2nd place: Byron Winfield, Home Hardware, OTA 3rd place: Dale Scott, Canadian Freightways, BCTA
Tandem Tandem 1st place: Rod Harrison, Canadian Freightways, AMTA 2nd place: Preetpal Nijjar, Canada Cartage, OTA 3rd place: David McEwan, Kindersley Transport, STA
B Train 1st place: Adam Besse, Canadian Freightways, BCTA 2nd place: Shawn Pieschke, TDL Group, APTA 3rd place: Brian Heyworth, SLH Transport, OTA
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