In Quebec, the name of Bertrand Godin is automatically associated with car racing for having distinguished himself in the formulas Ford, Indy Lights, Atlantic, F3000 and F1600, circuits which allowed him to reveal himself in Quebec, but also in the United States and Europe. With a lot of perseverance, this young man from Saint-Hyacinthe, who had dreamt since his childhood of following his idol Gilles Villeneuve’s footsteps, succeeded in doing so and embarked on what has become an amazing journey so far.

It is on karting tracks that Bertrand Godin began his career in 1986. The athlete was only 18 years old at the time and his success quickly led him to try out his luck overseas. In 1992, he travelled to Europe to live off his passion with just $200 in his pocket, but his perseverance allowed him to win many races in several categories.

In 1992, he became a pilot in the Mygale team for the Formula Ford in France. In 1993, he obtained the title as the second runner-up at the France Formula Ford and won two big races including the first of the brand new Circuit Paul Armagnac Nogaro. In 1994, he was once again given that same title in France with eight podiums out of 10 races.

Photo: Stéphane Lessard. Entrevue avec le pilote Bertrand Godin.

He returned to North America in 1995 to replace Claude Bourbonnais in the Indy Lights series for four races. In 1996, he also took part in four races in the same series. He got his best result at the Trois-Rivières Grand Prix finishing fifth place in 1996.

In 1997, he raced in the Atlantic Formula Championship. He undoubtedly won the most important race of his career at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal as part of the Grand Prix du Canada. He also triumphed in Cleveland a month later.

In 1998, he participated in the very high profile Formula 3000 Championship in Europe, the ante-chamber of Formula 1 for the Durango Formula team. He scored his best result in the first race at Oschersleben, finishing eighth. In the following years, he sporadically took part in different events in different categories of cars including Toyota Cup of stock-car, amongst others in the series ADL Super Tobacco, CASCAR Super Series and Procam.

In 2018, he made a solid comeback on the track of the Grand Prix of Canada and the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières in Formula 1600. On August 11th, 2018, he wrote a page of history by finishing on the first step of the podium at the Grand Prix ​​de Trois-Rivières. It was his first victory in career at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.

Throughout these years, he has left his mark in the highest levels of the international motorsport world leading him to the door of Formula One.

He now devotes himself mainly to his career as an automobile columnist and speaker. He is also a driving instructor for aspiring police officers at the National Police School of Quebec.

For over 10 years, he has also been an host, analyst and automotive columnist for TVA, TQS, CBC, Ztélé, RDS, MusiquePlus, CKAC, SM Radio as well as for La Presse, Le Guide de l’auto and the Annual of the automobile, in addition to his many activities as a representative whether it be as a spokesman, ambassador or mentor.

Réalisations

1986 à 1991

Pilote de karting

1992

Pilote d’usine de l’écurie Mygale en Formule Fors en France

1993

Vice-champion de France de formule Ford (2 victoires)

1994

Vice-champion de France (8 podiums en 10 courses)

1995-1996

Pilote Player’s d’Indy Light

1997

Pilote de Formule Atlantique (Première place au circuit Gilles-Villeneuve à Montréal dans le cadre du Grand Prix du Canada et à Cleveland)

1998

Pilote de Formule 3000 en Europe, l’antichambre de la Formule 1

2002

Porte-parole du Salon international de l’auto de Montréal (et encore aujourd’hui…)

2003

Porte-parole de la campagne de sensibilisation du public au problème de l’alcool au volant pour la brasserie Labatt

2004

Porte-parole de Monsieur Muffler (et encore aujourd’hui…)

2006

Instructeur dans le programme de conduite avancé Les dompteurs Chevrolet

2007

Parrain d’honneur de l’opération frein regroupant les six corps policiers desservant la Montérégie

2008

Parrain d’honneur de la journée régionale de sensibilisation à l’utilisation de pneus d’hiver organisée par le district Mauricie Centre-du-Québec de la sûreté du Québec et de policiers de poste MRC

2009

Président d’honneur de la 7e édition de la journée de sensibilisation à la sécurité routière en condition hivernale de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec

2009 à 2011

Analyste de l’émission Champkart diffusée sur RDS

2011

Instructeur de conduite de véhicule d’urgence l’École nationale de police de Québec (et encore aujourd’hui…) et analyste de l’émission Légendes de la route diffusée sur le canal Historia

2012

Participation au développement de campagnes de sensibilisation sur différents thèmes en sécurité routière destinés aux divers publics avec la Sûreté du Québec

2013

Analyste TVA Sport à la description des courses Indycar

2018

Pilote en Formule 1600 (Première place au Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières)