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The Ultimate Driver Championship is more than a quest to find the world’s number one driver. It’s a contest, a game of strategy, and a chance to win big with over $250,000 up for grabs. This exhilarating new slot racing series will see ten of the world's best harness drivers battle it out in a 20-race series across two feature nights at Albion Park in February 2025.

The unique series will have slot holders pick both the drivers and horses to compete in the slots across the 20 races. Of the ten slots, nine will be available for purchase at $20,000 each, with the Championship sponsor Ladbrokes filling the remaining slot. Syndicates, businesses, or individuals can apply for slots, with preference given to syndicates to maximize engagement and slot holders aiming to provide promotional value to the event and the racing industry in Queensland. Applications for slots close on July 31, 2024.

Once a slot is secured, holders can negotiate with leading drivers in Australia or overseas. Drivers must be A-grade or equivalent, with the arrangement for the drivers services between the slot holder and the driver. After securing a driver, slot holders will choose which horse their driver partners with via a 'snake order draft', ensuring fairness and competitiveness.

Slot holders will earn points throughout the 20 races based on their driver's performance, with the top slot holder and their driver winning the first prize of $100,000. Slot holders will also receive $1,000 for each race winner.

The series promises to attract global interest, with endorsements from top drivers like Tim Tetrick and Jody Jamieson, who praise its innovative approach and potential to boost harness racing's popularity. The Ultimate Driver Championship is set to be a spectacular showcase of talent and strategy, bringing the best drivers in the world to compete at Albion Park.



The Ultimate Driver has the opportunity to become the greatest show on dirt.

It’s a very exciting event that is sure to pique the interest of drivers and racing and sporting fans not just in Australia but across the globe.

Jody Jamieson Canada's 2 x World Driving Champion

I absolutely love the concept of the Ladbrokes Ultimate Driver Championship - this type of innovation brings energy and excitement to reward our fans and fellow horse lovers, what a fantastic way to add interest to the sport of harness racing on a global level.

Tim Tetrick American Hall of Fame Driver

“It’s a terrific concept, nothing like we’ve seen before, and we’d love to add to the international flavour of it.

It would be great to see some of the best drivers from around the world going at it across 20 races at Albion Park.”

Dean Shannon CEO Entain Australia



In total, there will be 10 slot holders, nine available for purchase at $20,000 each, with Championship sponsor Ladbrokes filling the remaining slot. Slot applications can be made by syndicates (five or more), businesses, or individuals.  A selection panel made up of RQ and Albion Park Harness Racing Club representatives will determine slot holders in line with the below selection criteria should there are more applicants than slots available.

Key Selection Criteria

  1. Eligibility as per the Terms and Conditions;
  2. Syndicates will be preferred to help maximise engagement providing they meet the other (KSC);
  3. Promotional value the Applicant will contribute to both the event and harness racing in Queensland.


Once a slot holder has paid the fee, they are free to negotiate with leading drivers either in Australia or overseas (must be an A-grade driver or equivalent). The arrangement is purely between the slot holder and the driver.




Race fields for the series will be collated in the same manner as any other driver series where trainers nominate their horses without a driver assigned. To maximise fields and competitiveness, all races will be penalty-free with advertised prize money distributed to owners and trainers as per usual.


Following race fields being collated, slot holders will get the chance to choose which horses their driver is partnered with via a draft. For fairness, the draft will be conducted as a ‘snake order draft’, with slot holders able to choose any of the available horses left across the 20 races until all drivers/slot holders are assigned to a horse in each race.


Be there to cheer on your driver with Ladbrokes (pit) lane set up for slot holders to entertain guests. Slot holders will receive points throughout the 20 races (depending on where their driver places in each race), with the slot holder/driver who accrues the most points declared the winner.

Placing Prize Money
1st $100,000
2nd $50,000
3rd $35,000
4th $20,000
5th $10,000
6th to 10th $5,000
Race Winner $1,000 per race (split in the case of a Dead Heat)

Buy your slot now, secure your driver, and get ready to compete in the most thrilling harness racing event of 2025!