BC Wins Big at 2010 National Professional Truck Driving Championships

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Oct 7, 2010

Langley, British Columbia - - Team British Columbia not only returned home victorious once again from the National Professional Truck Driving Championships in Winnipeg, held September 17 - 19, 2010, but team member Dean Grant won the Grand Champion trophy. The three-day event, hosted by the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA), saw 38 of Canada’s top drivers compete for points in a series of nine skill-testing events in six vehicle classes. 

The BC team edged out Manitoba’s host team to win the team trophy for the second straight time following a win in Ottawa in 2008 (there was no competition in 2009). And, Grand Champion Dean Grant finished an astounding 104 points above the average. (This overall award of excellence goes to the driver with the highest combined score over his category average.) Mr. Grant has also achieved tops honours at the provincial level as BC’s Grand Champion for both 2010 and 2009.

Team British Columbia comprises winners of the BC Professional Truck Driving Championships held June 26, 2010, in Abbotsford, including:

  • Tony Gomez, Burnaby, Canadian Freightways Ltd., Step Van
  • Hans Wettstein, Surrey, Canadian Freightways Ltd. Straight Truck
  • Evan Hirst, Richmond, Canadian Freightways Ltd., Single Single
  • Dale Scott, Mission, Canadian Freightways Ltd., Single Tandem
  • Dean Grant, Abbotsford, Agrifoods International Cooperative Ltd., Tandem Tandem
  • Adam Besse, Prince George, Canadian Freightways Ltd., B-train

In addition, Evan Hirst won the Single Single category and Dean Grant won the Tandem Tandem category.

Adam Besse finished second in the B-train category, while Tony Gomez and Hans Wettstein, took third in their respective classes.

The 2011 National Professional Truck Driving Championships will be held in Calgary, Alberta September 8 – 10, 2011.

Please see the names of winners, home provinces and companies, below.

 

2010 National Professional Truck Driving Championships Winners

 

Grand Champion:

Dean Grant

British Columbia

Agrifoods International Co-op

Team Trophy:

British Columbia:

Tony Gomez

Hans Wettstein

Evan Hirst

Dale Scott

Dean Grant

Adam Besse

 

Burnaby

Surrey

Richmond

Mission

Abbotsford

Prince George

 

Canadian Freightways

Canadian Freightways

Canadian Freightways

Canadian Freightways

Agrifoods International Co-op

Canadian Freightways

Step Van:

1st

2nd

3rd

 

Randy Smith

Robert Archambault

Tony Gomez

 

Alberta

Manitoba

British Columbia

 

Canadian Freightways

Bison Transport

Canadian Freightways

Straight Truck:

1st

2nd

3rd

 

John Klassen

Larry Radons

Hans Wettstein           

 

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

British Columbia

 

WM Dyck & Sons

Reimer Express Lines

Canadian Freightways

Single Single:

1st

2nd

3rd

 

Evan Hirst

Brian Weslowski

Michel Carriere           

 

 

British Columbia

Saskatchewan

Quebec           

 

Canadian Freightways

SLH Transport Inc.

Groupe Jean Coutu

Single Tandem:

1st

2nd

3rd

 

Jeff Maclean

Steve MacPhee

Harvey Gording           

 

 

Ontario

Atlantic Provinces

Saskatchewan

 

SLH Transport Inc.

Day & Ross Transportation Group

Reimer Express Lines

Tandem Tandem:

1st

2nd

3rd

 

Dean Grant

Shawn Matheson

Paul Mills

 

British Columbia

Ontario           

Alberta

 

Agrifoods International Co-op

Home Hardware Stores

Canada Safeway

B-train:

1st

2nd

3rd

 

Ken Wiebe

Adam Besse

Steve Calhoun

 

Manitoba

British Columbia

Alberta

 

EBD Enterprises

Canadian Freightways

Canadian Freightways

 

BCTA is the recognised voice of the provincial motor carrier industry, representing over 800 truck and bus fleets and over 250 suppliers to the industry. Over 13,000 vehicles are operated by BCTA members in BC. BCTA operating members employ 26,000 people in BC and generate over $2 billion in revenue in the province annually.

 
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For more information, please contact:
Michele Nicole, BCTA Director of Business Operations
Office: 604-888-5319 or Toll free: 1-800-565-2282