The draw for the 2022 Ontario Regional Driving Championship, set for this coming Wednesday, May 11 at The Raceway at the Western Fair District in London, Ont., is now complete.
First race post time for Wednesday's card of harness racing is 5:50 p.m. The following drivers will be participating in the Ontario Regional Driving Championship:
- Travis Henry
- Trevor Henry
- Colin Kelly
- Brett MacDonald
- James MacDonald
- Bob McClure
- Doug McNair
- Louis-Philippe Roy
- Austin Sorrie
The 2022 event will mark the fifth time that The Raceway has been the venue for the Ontario Regional Driving Championship. They also hosted the National Driving Championship in 2016.
“The Raceway at Western Fair District is thrilled to have the opportunity to host the top drivers in the province for the 2022 Ontario Regional Driving Championship,” said Rob Lumsden, the track’s Director of Racing. “We look forward to a great evening of competitive racing that will showcase the best the province has to offer to the delight of racing fans everywhere.”
The nine drivers will participate in nine competition races. Each race will have a field of eight and each driver will compete in eight races, drive from every post position, and sit out for one race.
Drivers will receive points based on their finishing position and the top two drivers from the nine-race competition will join six other drivers at the 2022 National Driving Championship (NDC) at Century Mile Racetrack in Edmonton, Alberta.
The winner of the 2022 NDC will have the opportunity to represent Canada in the 2023 World Driving Championship in Italy.
The Regional Driving Championships and the National Driving Championship will adapt the point system utilized in the World Driving Championship. Points will be awarded on the order of finish as follows:
Number of Starters: 9
16 (1), 11 (2), 8 (3), 6 (4), 5 (5), 4 (6), 3 (7), 2 (8), 1 (9)
Number of Starters 8:
15 (1), 10 (2), 7 (3), 5 (4), 4 (5), 3 (6), 2 (7), 1 (8).
Number of Starters 7:
14 (1), 9 (2), 6 (3), 4 (4), 3 (5), 2 (6), 1 (7).
In the event of a scratch, the driving rep drawn to a horse shall drive the ‘also eligible’ horse.
In the event of a horse being scratched or where no horse is available, five (5) points shall be awarded to the driver concerned. If a horse is disqualified or a horse and driver fail to complete the race, they will receive one (1) point.
In the event of a dead heat for any placing in any race the points for the horses involved will be added together and divided equally among the drivers concerned (eg. If there’s a dead heat for third between two horses, the points for third and fourth place will be added and divided among the drivers).