Interview: Simon Charbonneau mid-season champion in the Nissan Sentra Cup!

Interview: Simon Charbonneau mid-season champion in the Nissan Sentra Cup!

Friday July 29, 2022 by Eliane Gilain

The 2022 Nissan Sentra mid-season trophy was reached at the end of the sixth race, contested last Sunday at Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Just one thing: a very interesting end of the championship is on the horizon! It was Simon Charbonneau who was crowned the honorary mid-season champion, after two top races in the stages at the Laurentians track. However, the driver from the North Shore cannot rest with Valérie Limoges just behind her in the standings, only 15 points (win brings 50).

The leader in the championship, who has already won three times this season, gave us his feelings…

Simon, mid season has been reached and you are leading the championship in only your second season in motorsport. What are your feelings?

My approach has not changed since the beginning of the year, I wanted to attack the season by working race by race. I want to win more than the championship. However the championship will come if I focus on winning the race, it’s a circle!

Did you expect to be in this position midway through the season?

To be honest, I didn’t expect it, because my thoughts weren’t on the title race, but of course I’m very happy to be there.

Compared to last season where you had an up and down first year, how do you rate the level in the Nissan Sentra Cup?

The peloton is the same as last season but I have to say that Justin Arseneau is the driver to beat, he is very fast. He had points and chances to win at the beginning of the season but he is very fast. I would like to be as fast as him in qualifying! That said, it’s a great challenge, it’s fun on the track, the racing is fiercely contested.

The next race on the calendar is the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières; What do you think of this event?

This urban setting does not scare me! Last year was my first time inside the walls of GP3R and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I can’t wait to get back to this event and even though there should be over 30 cars on the line, I don’t think it will be a problem.

Your goal in Trois-Rivières, the same tricky circuit: victory or title points?

Win ! To date I have won all the circuits since the beginning of the year, I would like to continue this momentum.

You also stepped up to the top step of the most prestigious podium for Canadian drivers, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit last month. How did you come across this?

It was crazy! I couldn’t ask for better. We didn’t run long enough, the race was always a given, but I’m still very happy with my results in Saturday’s race, with this win and second place on Sunday.