Off to the races – at home

Driver Jim Marino of Fraser Downs.

Three local harness racing drivers are representing British Columbia at the upcoming 2011 Western Regional Driving Championship, taking place on their home track at Fraser Downs later this month.

Jim Marino, Dave Hudon, and Michael Hennessy have now been confirmed to take on the top three competitors from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba at the Feb. 26 championships, the racetrack and casino has announced.

Top drivers in terms of standings at Fraser Downs as of Jan. 23 determined who would be heading to the regionals, which are a precursor to the National Driving Championship competition in May.

Fraser Downs’ seemingly unstoppable Ed Hensley – who once again leads the local driver standings this season – is not eligible for the national cup because he’s American.

Other leading Fraser Downs drivers, Keith Clark, Gerry Hudon and Brandon Campbell will be competing at the Western Regional Driving Championship representing Alberta.

The top two drivers from the competition will join drivers from the Atlantic region at the 2011 National Driving Championship at Red Shores in Prince Edward Island May 7.

The winner will represent Canada at the World Driving Championship in New York state this summer.