How was your performance in 2018? What were your strong and weak points?
We performed very well in 2018. We had a total of six podiums out of a possible seven, and on top of that we did not have any mechanical issues and we finished all our heats. This is what gave us our first place in the Championship.
Are there any changes to your boat or your team?
No major changes will be made to the boat for the 2019 season. A few changes will be made to the motor to improve performance. As for the team, we will loose Simon Fortin who will become the driver of his own boat.
Do you have any rituals just before the race?
I am always the last one to go over the boat one more time before we put the cowling on to be sure that nothing was overlooked.
What are your goals for the 2019 season?
To be competitive in the F-2500 class which is new to me. Make the final every weekend and get a few podiums.
Indeed, a few of your family members, including your father Norman Shannon, are familiar faces for the fans. How did they contribute to your career?
My father, godfather and cousin all competed and were very supportive of me when I started. When I first tried my cousin’s boat, I immediately fell in love! The following summer, I was riding around my first tracks in my godfather’s hydroplane and decided that I wanted to become a driver. Of course, my father had a huge influence on me. I chose number 4 for my boat because it is the one he was using when he was in the 5-litres class. He is now the Crew Chief and Communications Manager on my team. His experience is priceless.
Crew chief & Communications