2019 will mark your beginning as a hydroplane driver, what are your expectations for this first year ?
Give myself time to learn. As Fred Couturier told me you have to crawl before you walk. I want to take the time to get to know the boat. I am fortunate to have a marvelous team that works hard to keep the boat competitive. My objective is to be on the podium at least once during the season and to make constant improvements in my performance throughout the season.
What led you to get involved in this sport?
My family, Fortin, has been involved in the world of hydroplanes for a long time. My oncle Jean-Luc Fortin who is the chief mechanic for Remy Leblanc is the owner of the old Vision CE-25 with my grandfather that year. When I was young and went to the races I would shout out to everyone around me that one day I would drive one of those hydroplanes. I imagined proudly racing in front of my hometown fans. Today the dream becomes a reality. Thanks to all who support my perseverance in this project.
What will make you stand out from other drivers?
My medical background as an inhalotherapeute by profession having worked at the Valleyfield Hospital and now in Ormstown. To go from the emergency room in the week to the weekend racing hydroplanes. I also belong to the trauma group for the F-1 supporting those drivers and now I will be a driver myself. Having worked in F-1 automobile racing I made many contacts that give me access to resources I will use in hydroplane racing. I also have AmateurToPro that helps me prepare mentally throughout the year. And moreover I have the good fortune to have Yan Lecompte and Eric Langevin’s boat that was the Longshot which is an excellent boat and which has won in Valleyfield.