S-555 Happy Sunny
Engine: Ford 2,3 L Primeau Performance
Vill-Neau Céramique, Les Écoles Pro Conduite, Les Entreprises Yanick Villeneuve, Transport Yvon Laplante, Axcel Sport.
2021 will mark your debut as an HRL driver, what are your expectations for this year?
We don’t have much expectation for our first season. It will be a relatively competitive class with new pilots. Our class will be a fairly competitive class with new drivers. We will be dealing with all the restrictions that are in place for the rookies. Since there will be two of us, Tristan and I, we will spend a good part of the season in the outside lane. It won’t be easy to be at the forefront of the first half of the season on the circuit. We will use this time to get familiar with the boat, make adjustments and hopefully get a good start. We should be in shape for the second half of the HRL schedule.
What made you get involved in the world of hydroplanes?
My parents are both from Valleyfield, so the Régates have always been an important annual family event. I have been a spectator since I was 5 years old, which gave me a great passion for the sport, which later gave way to my dream of becoming a pilot. I acquired knowledge over the years and gained expertise in order to own a boat. So, a decade later, I took the plunge.
What do your boat name and number mean?
The color yellow is very meaningful to me. When I was younger, my favorite boats were all yellow (Long Gone GP7 and the Happy Go Lucky UL15). Therefore, being very excited about getting my own boat, it was very clear to me that the predominant color would be sunshine yellow. “Happy” and “sunny yellow” are the words that inspired the name “Happy Sunny”.
As for the number 555, it comes from my wife Marie-Ève who is employed by Loto-Québec. As the lucky number 777 was not available, I turned to the second lucky number of the lotteries, 555. Let’s hope that this number will bring me luck.
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