The Quebec drivers & their spouses at the GP3R 2014 – 2nd article of the series
Jean-François Dumoulin and Karine – Meeting August 7 2014 – 6:00 p.m.
In this second article of the series about the Quebec race drivers and their spouses, I had the chance to sit down and chat with Jean-François “JF” Dumoulin and Karine, who kindly accepted to meet with me during this much busy “in their hometown” week-end.
This Interview was made possible thanks to Jessica Ménard, responsible for logistics and communications for the Dumoulin Compétition Team (www.dumoulincompetition.com), whom I gratefully thank for orchestrating this on Day 1 of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, in which, for them, media requests are multiplied.
As we met, Jean-François had just qualified in 3rd position for the start of the CTCC series race.
– Gentlemen, how long have you been driving?
Jean-François has been running on race circuits for close to 20 years, and participated in many different series over time. “This week-end, I’m racing in the CTCC – Canadian Touring series, as well as, for sure, the NASCAR Canadian Tire series, in the Dodge-04-Bernier Crépeau/Bellemare/Manac/ACASS car.”
– How long have you guys been together?
Karine and JF are together since close to 2 years and are the proud new parents of baby Jake, 2 months old.
– How did you meet? (race weekend, related friends or other?)
“Through friends, mutual acquaintances” they told me. “And strangely, can you believe that Karine is from Shawinigan, I’m from Trois-Rivières, and we met in the Laurentians, at the restaurant where Karine worked…” said JF.
– Where do you live?
“Trois-Rivières mostly, but also in Mont-Tremblant”
– Before the beginning of a race, do you have any ritual, routine, particular superstition? (i.e.: hand signs, gestures)
Karine says that they “don’t have any routine or particular ritual, but a kiss before the start of a race is necessary. Always !”
– Ladies, would you “risk” yourselves at giving advice to your man regarding a race? “No, I don’t give him any particular advice, except maybe for a word or two and encouragements.” Karine told me.
– Gentlemen, if so, do you (or would you) accept the advice?
JF answers laughingly: ”If she has some and it helps me go faster, no problem…!!
– Ladies, what do you do during a race?
(Watch it on tv? You’re always there to support? You take part in the race, timer in hands to follow the evolution? You’re unable to watch him race?)
Karine admits she prefers the action. “I stay close to the pit box, I like following the race, knowing what’s going on and living the action. I just love it !”
– Gentlemen, do you race fulltime?
Besides racing in professional series, Jean-François gives race driving lessons and at the international, is a race driving instructor and coach, among others, at the Mont-Tremblant Circuit (Ferrrari Challenge, Jim Russell School and others).
– Is conciliating family/race/work difficult?
“Not at all” Karine says, “I always follow him, so it’s pretty easy. And we always find a volunteer to babysit Jake, given he’s a little young for the noise of the cars…”
Following our meeting, JF was to end this “at home” week-end by qualifying in 8th position for the start and finally finishing 4th in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series race, his best result so far in this series.
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