How was your performance in 2018? What were your strong and weak points?
New boat, new team. Very good performances for begin with.
What are your goals for the 2019 season?
What is your best moment in the sport?
My best moment in the world of hydroplane racing was moving up to the Grand Prix class because I never thought it would be possible.
How do you prepare yourself before a race?
I listen to music in the team’s truck to help me concentrate. A few minutes before the race, once I’m on the dock, I have a thought for my children before I get in the boat.
Over the last five years, you worked your way up the classes on the hydroplane racing circuit. Can you elaborate on your journey?
In 2011, I made a childhood dream come true when I bought a 2.5 litre class boat. A year later, my father and I built our own Hydro 350 hull, which I drove over two seasons. I am particularly proud of that accomplishment. 2018 will be my fifth year behind the wheel of the GP-9.
I try to get involved as much as I can in promoting the sport because I am first and foremost a true fan of boat racing. My Grand Prix and I show up to many events. It is of utmost importance to me.
Drivers from Valleyfield, such as yourself, have a special bond with hydroplane racing.
The Régates de Valleyfield site is mythical for all drivers. Competition is always steep there. It certainly is more intimidating when you come from the region, though. You get to race in front of your parents, friends and sponsors. The pressure is on!
Do you prepare differently for that event?
Not really. Before any race, my team and I make sure everything is mechanically sound. Of course, I tell my girlfriend and two kids that I love them. Then I spend a few minutes by myself, in my truck, to focus on the task ahead. In Valleyfield, I may shorten the alone time… There are too many hands to shake!