Luke Tournier Successfully Defends The Battle Of The North Championship


2016 Battle Of the North Champions
Keddies Tack & Western Wear Outfit
(L-R): Outriders Quaid Tournier, Chance Flad, Driver Luke Tournier
Photo By Ed Wittchen

The 2016 edition of the Battle of the North Championship in Dawson Creek, British Columbia is in the books, and for the second consecutive year, Luke Tournier, driving the Keddies Tack & Western Wear outfit, and along with outriders Chance Flad and Quaid Tournier, captured the championship and a $10,000.00 bonus cheque. It’s the second successful defence of a title for Luke Tournier this year as he repeated as champion of the Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship just 3 weeks ago.

In a penalty filled championship final heat, Tournier won the championship with penalty free run of 1:14.35 from barrel position number 3. Aggregate winner Kirk Sutherland placed second from barrel number 1, 85 one-hundredths of a second behind the champion Tournier. Chad Harden crossed the finish line in first place from barrel position number 2, but was hit with 3 seconds in penalties for starting ahead of the horn and an outrider knocking a barrel. Codey McCurrach knocked over a barrel and placed fourth from barrel position number 4.

As far as the day results go, Rick Fraser’s VJV Dawson Creek Auction was the fast time of the night with a 1:14.04, Cody Ridsdale, even with a one-second late outrider penalty placed second on the night, 6 one-hundredths of a second behind Rick Fraser, with champion Luke Tournier in third, Jordie Fike in fourth and Doug Irvine rounding out the five best times on the night. Jess Willard was presented with the Kenn Borek Memorial Most Sportsmanlike Driver award for the second consecutive year.

The 2016 WPCA Pro Tour will conclude next week in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta with the final stop of the season with the Battle of the Rockies starting on Thursday, August 18, 2016 and running through to Sunday, August 21, 2016. Live radio coverage of the Battle of the Rockies from Rocky Mountain House can be heard Thursday through Saturday on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147, and Country 99 at 99.7 FM out of Bonnyville starting at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central and 7:00pm Mountain Time, with Sundays final starting at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central and 2:00pm Mountain Time.

Billy Melville