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2018 National Driving Championship


The 2018 National Driving Championship will take place at Grand River Raceway, in Elora, Ont., on Wednesday, September 26.

"Grand River Raceway is truly thrilled to host‎, for the first time, the National Driving Championship," said the track's Marketing Manager, Kelly Spencer. "We're keen to showcase our beautiful community and facility on the national stage and welcome the country's finest reinsmen in what is sure to be a first-class event. We're riding the momentum of James MacDonald's WDC win in 2017 which will only elevate the already prestigious spirit of the event. Oh Canada!"

Grand River Raceway has hosted the Ontario Regional Driving Championship several times, including the most recent event in 2016.

Drivers must earn their way into the National Driving Championship by finishing first or second in their respective Regional Driving Championship.

In addition to a first time host for the National event, there were also two first time hosts for the Regionals – Kawartha Downs in Fraserville, Ont., hosted the Eastern Ontario / Quebec Regional Driving Championship (June 30) and Truro Raceway in Truro, NS, hosted the Atlantic Regional event (June 29). Century Downs near Calgary, Alta., hosted the Western Regional (June 23) and The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont., was the host of the Ontario Regional (May 16).

“Standardbred Canada is looking forward to partnering with our host tracks to present four exciting and competitive Regional Driving Championships which will lead into the National Driving Championship. We are very pleased to see the interest that tracks across the country have in hosting these events, including our two first time track partners this year for Regional events, Kawartha Downs and Truro Raceway,” said Dan Gall, President & CEO of Standardbred Canada. “We are also looking forward to working with the team at Grand River Raceway to deliver an exceptional National Driving Championship experience for both the drivers and the fans.”

Here are the eight drivers who will compete in the 2018 NDC at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, September 26:

Past winners of the NDC title include Brandon Campbell (2016), Jody Jamieson (2014 & 2011), Brad Forward (2009), and Gilles Barrieau (2007).

The winner of the 2018 National Driving Championship will have the opportunity to represent Canada in the World Driving Championship, and join 2017 World Driving Champion, James MacDonald, in the 2019 World Driving Championship in Sweden.

SC hosted the 2017 World Driving Championship (WDC) in August and MacDonald’s victory earned him an automatic invitation to the 2019 event in which he will become the representative for the International Trotting Association.

Canada was invited to send a second driver to the 2019 event and Standardbred Canada accepted the invitation.


General Information

Since 2007, Standardbred Canada has been using a new format to determine Canada's representative for the World Driving Championship.

The concept behind the National Driving Championship is to bring regional representatives together to compete in a one-day championship that will determine Canada's representative to the World Driving Championship.

Traditionally determined by a formula that included earnings, wins and UDRS rating, the Canadian rep will now have to beat out some of the country's finest drivers and earn the National Driving Championship title.

This format includes one-day regional championships where the top two drivers advance to the national championship. 


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