Atlantic Regional Drivers Set 

Atlantic Regional Driving Championship
Published: April 26, 2022 02:00 pm EDT

The field of eight drivers has been confirmed for the 2022 Atlantic Regional Driving Championship taking place at Red Shores Racetrack at Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday, June 11. 

This will be the fifth time that Charlottetown Driving Park has hosted the Atlantic Regional. 

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that the following drivers will take part:

Gilles Barrieau (PEI)
Marc Campbell (PEI)
Redmond Doucet (NS)
Jason Hughes (PEI)
Paul Langille (NS)
Corey MacPherson (PEI)
Mark Pezzarello (NS)
Todd Trites (NB)

(Province in brackets represents the province where the driver raced and qualified from)

“We’re excited about the opportunity to host this event again with Standardbred Canada,” said Lee Drake, Manager of Racing & Broadcast with Red Shores. “The Driving Championship is always a special day for fans in Atlantic Canada and we plan to launch some promotions on the card too.”

Invitations were extended to drivers based on several criteria including their 2021 win statistics in relation to their driving circuit, ability to be an outstanding Canadian harness racing ambassador and availability for the 2022 National Driving Championship and 2023 World Driving Championship.

The eight drivers will participate in eight competition races, driving from every post position. Drivers will receive points based on their finishing position and the top two drivers will join six other drivers at the 2022 National Driving Championship (NDC) at Century Mile Racetrack in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday, Nov. 24.

The winner of the 2022 NDC will have the opportunity to represent Canada in the World Driving Championship (WDC) in Italy in 2023. 

Here are the locations and dates for the four regional events (in chronological order):

  • Ontario Regional (Includes drivers from Ontario) - The Raceway at Western Fair District - Wednesday, May 11
  • Atlantic Regional (Includes drivers from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island) - Red Shores Racetrack at Charlottetown Driving Park - Saturday, June 11
  • Western Regional (Includes drivers from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) - Century Downs - Sunday, June 19 
  • Quebec / Eastern Ontario Regional (Includes drivers that compete regularly at Hippodrome 3R, Kawartha Downs and Rideau Carleton Raceway) - Hippodrome 3R - Sunday, June 26

Regional events will feature either eight or nine drivers who will compete in a minimum of eight races. Drivers will receive points based on their finishing position and the top two point earners will advance to the National Driving Championship. 

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