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.

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.

In 2019 he returned on track in Formula 1600 for a full season and found himself fighting for the title of the championship. He finished 3rd in the championship with 9 podiums in 11 races, including a stunning victory at the GP3R 2019.

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

Karting driver

1992

Factory driver for Mygale team in Formula Ford in France

1993

Vice-Champion of France Formula Ford (2 wins)

1994

Vice-champion of France (8 podiums in 10 races)

1995-1996

Player’s d’Indy Light driver

1997

Formula Atlantic driver (first place at the Grand Prix du Canada and the Cleveland Grand Prix)

1998

Formula 300 driver in Europe, the antechamber of Formula 1

2002

Spokesperson for the Montreal International Auto Show (and even today …)

2003

Spokesperson for the public awareness campaign on drinking and driving at Labatt Brewery

2004

Spokeperson for Mr Muffler (and even today…)

2006

Instructor in Advanced Driving Program 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

Honorary President of the 7th edition of the Winter Road Safety Awareness Day in Mauricie and Center-du-Québec

2009 à 2011

Analyst of Champkart serie broadcast on RDS

2011

Emergency vehicle driving instructor the National School Police of Quebec (and even today …) and analyst on the TV show “Légendes de la route” broadcast on Historia Channel

2012

Participation in the development of awareness campaigns on various topics in road safety for various audiences with the Sûreté du Québec

2013

Indycar Race Description on TVA Sports channel

2018

Formula 1600 driver (First place at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières)

2019

3rd place – Formula 1600 Canada Championship with 9 podiums in 11 races.

2019

Formula 1600 Canada winner at the GP3R