Talk about a contrast: one has right-hand drive, and the other has left-hand drive! Needless to say Landreville had to make a few adjustments. Then again, “it's still a car,” he pointed out.
At the end of the day, the Montreal-based drift expert missed the top of the podium by a step. However, that was good enough to earn him precious points entering the second round of the 2013 DMCC next weekend in St. Eustache.
I had a chat with Marc Landreville after the event, and he kindly answered all my questions.
Marie-Laurence Paquin (MLP): So Marc, how did you wind up here?
Marc Landreville (ML): For as long as I can remember, I've always been a huge fan of rear-wheel drive cars like Nissans and Mazdas. I used to revere guys like Marco Santos and Haig Kanadjian, so I decided to buy my own Nissan.
I took part in my first amateur comp in 2008 with a Nissan Skyline GTR that was riding on 15” winter tires -- and I finished in second place! A while later, I entered a Pro Am event, and ended up third. The judges immediately elevated me to the Pro Class, and the very next day I was drifting my way to second place. I've been doing it ever since.
MLP: As the defending champ, do you feel some extra pressure this year?
ML: I'm not stressed, if it's what you're asking. I'd like to repeat, obviously. I also have other projects for this season, like participating in a few rounds of the U.S. Formula Drift Championship. Now, the rules are not quite the same, and neither is the budget. I was thinking about four rounds, but my car wasn't ready on time, so I will enter only two: one in Wall, New Jersey, and another late in the season in Irwindale, California.
MLP: What's driving you to take part in the Formula Drift Championship?
ML: I want to see how I stack up against other drivers and perform on other tracks. Of course, because of my sponsors and all, I will take part in every round of the DMCC this year.
MLP: Who will be your toughest opponents in 2013?
ML: Good question. A number of drivers are benefiting from new cars. Guys like Pat Cyr, Dave Briggs, Francis Tassé, Mike Pollard, and Jeff Laflamme will certainly put on a great show!
MLP: Were any modifications made to your car over the winter?
ML: Not really. Except for regular maintenance work and some little upgrades here and there, there's nothing major to report. My team and I will instead get busy on a Mazda RX-7 for next summer, so my Nissan will go up for sale at the end of this year.
|Photo: Joel Couture|