Jody Jamieson will represent Canada in the World Driving Championship after a thrilling four-win performance in Tuesday night's National Driving Championship at Charlottetown Driving Park. Jamieson defeated Marc Campbell for the victory.
"Every time you get a chance to do this, I think I said it yesterday, it's a dream of ours - all of ours - to represent your country,” said Jamieson. "The method to get here – you have to win two tournaments – it's just awesome. I love the format. We had a draft this year, and it was so much fun. PEI does it the best and it should always be here.
"The draft format made it great,” Jamieson added. "I think everybody was relatively happy with the picks that they had. My horses were great tonight. I got lucky that my horses were healthy and not scratched and showed up for me. I couldn't believe the first one [C J Bluefin] won. Everyone was trying to avoid that horse in the draft. The horse raced awesome for me and got a great trip. It was awesome and a lot of fun, I don't know what else to say.”
Jamieson later dedicated the victory in the National Driving Championship to a close friend who proved to be one of his biggest cheerleaders from trackside.
"I walked in tonight and I saw my good friend, Shelley Gass, she's over in the turn there watching me, and I gave her my whip and I just want to say Shelley I dedicate this win to you – I don't dedicate things often – but I love you and I wish you the best.”
Jamieson, a two-time World Driving Champion thanks to wins in 2001 and 2011, will represent Canada in 2015 at the World Driving Championship in Australia.
The series will be conducted from Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 to March 1, 2015 inclusive - with 20 races conducted across seven racetracks in the State of New South Wales.
1. Jody Jamieson - 96 pts
2. Marc Campbell - 81 pts
3. Brandon Campbell - 42 pts
4. Billy Davis, Jr. - 39 pts
5. Ryan Ellis - 33 pts
6. Guy Gagnon - 32 pts
7. Jim Marino - 31 pts
8. Sylvain Lacaille - 19 pts