One of Surrey’s own will represent western Canada at the national driving championships this May in Charlottetown.
Dave Hudon, a harness racing driver at Fraser Downs, won last weekend’s Western Regional Driving Championships, an eight-race event hosted by his home track Feb. 26.
Alberta rep Brandon Campbell, 27, had a couple of wins early in the day, putting him out front in the standings until the final leg of the final race.
Hudon, 47, was able to regain his second place spot in the standings in race six on Surrey-owned filly Millbanks Ariel, and then earned enough points in the final race to catch up to Campbell and pass him in the standings.
“I had to make sure I was at least keeping the second spot and the horse responded really well,” Hudon said, after flying to a first-place finish on Aces Double Suited.
Campbell, meanwhile, said he was happy to be returning to his home province of Prince Edward Island for the nationals in May, when he and Hudon will vie for a spot representing Canada at the 2011 World Driving Championship this summer in the United States.
The point total for the 2011 Western Regional Driving Championships was:
1. Dave Hudon (B.C.) – 63
2. Brandon Campbell (Alberta) – 59
3. Mike Hennessy (B.C.) – 53
4. Gerry Hudon (Alberta) – 43
4. Jim Marino (B.C.) – 43
5. Keith Clark (Alberta) – 41
6. Glenn LeDrew (Saskatchewan) – 38
7. Dallas McGee (Manitoba) – 36
Each driver donated their earnings from the event to the Surrey Association for Community Living, with Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino matching their contributions.