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What makes a champion? Bert Henderson probably knows with his 21 years of racing experience in the 2.5 litre, 5 litre and Grand Prix classes.

“Before a race, I isolate myself and I try to think of strategies that I will use. I visualize the race in my head several times from start to finish, and I also think about what I would do if I made a mistake.”

Naturally humble even if he was named Driver of the Year in 2015 by the ACHA, this native of Brockville insists on shaking hands with his opponents before a race. For him, it is important to consider the drivers and the sport at fair value. This esteem for the competition has intensified after his accident in Saint-Félicien in 2014 where he had to put his fears aside to return to the competition: “Winning Saint-Félicien in 2015 was redemption for me. I have even more respect for the sport today.”

For this lover of mac and cheese and Bon Jovi, pre-race preparation is of utmost importance and he never fails to kiss his wife and son, both huge fans of racing. Indeed, his son, at only 12 years old, already participates in the Stock Outboard States of the American Power Boat Association. There is no doubt that the Henderson family is fuelled by the sounds of engines!

The champion of the 2015 Grand Prix class already knows what awaits him in 2016: “This year will not be easy, I have to defend my title against Andrew Tate and Brandon Kennedy, two excellent drivers and great rivals.”

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