Local idol claims world title

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    JAMES MACDONALD

    LOCAL reinsman James MacDonald has made the most of his opportunities during the World Driving Championship in Canada.

    Called in as a replacement for Brandon Campbell, MacDonald is now a world champion – beating drivers from 10 countries for the coveted title.

    Heading into the final leg at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino today at the top of the table, MacDonald managed to maintain his lead despite enjoying little luck on the program.

    Although winless during the fifth leg of the tournament, MacDonald won five heats on his way to accumulating 211 points.

    “It’s just been a real honour to drive with these guys,” MacDonald said. “They’re some of the best drivers from all over the world.

    “When I found out I was going, I was just elated to be on the same racetrack. I never in a million years, would have dreamed of winning, so it’s a pleasant surprise.

    “I can’t say enough good about all the drivers. They’re all new friends.”

    Finland’s Mika Forss finished second with 192 points, with American Marcus Miller third on 181.5.

    Defending champion – New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn – was fourth, with his tally aided by a win today with Kennairn Farm.

    Australia’s Shane Graham and New Zealand’s Mark Purdon also won races during the series to finish eighth and 10th.

    MacDonald has joined his fellow countrymen Hervé Filion, Sylvain Filion and Jody Jamieson as world champions.

    • PAUL COURTS

    WDC Points Table

    James MacDonald (Canada) – 211

    Mika Forss (Finland) – 193

    Marcus Miller (United States) – 181.5

    Dexter Dunn (ITA/New Zealand) – 166

    Björn Goop (Sweden) – 152

    Noel Baldacchino (Malta) – 148

    Eirik Høitomt (Norway) – 136

    Shane Graham (Australia) – 135

    Gerhard Mayr (Austria) – 135

    Mark Purdon (New Zealand) – 124.5

    Rik Depuydt (Belgium) – 107

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