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Heading into his home race, the 2019 Hankook 12H SPA, we ask 24H SERIES regular Rodrigue Gillion for his thoughts on a few select subjects. 

Name?
 
“Rodrigue Gillion.”
 
 
Age? You can lie about that if you want…
 
“36.”
 
 
Where and when was your first ever car race, and how old were you?
 
“I had two races at Dijon in the BGDC Championship [The Belgian Gentlemen Drivers’ Club] when I was 30 years old.”
 
 
What is the best moment of your racing career so far?
 
“Difficult question because I have already had quite a lot! But probably my best moment was when I received the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award in my first year of racing 2013, thanks to my Belgian Champion title in a Honda Civic 1600.”
 
 
Which is your favourite circuit and why?
 
“My favourite circuit is Austin. It’s very fast and very technical. I enjoy it a lot.
 
 
Describe the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you at a motor race …
 
“The terrifying spin I had last year at the 12H IMOLA in the Porsche Cup.”*
 
*By his own admission, Rodrigue simply overcooked it on the throttle whilst exiting Tamburello, a corner most GT cars will take in 4th gear.
 
 
Describe your helmet design to us, and what it signifies…
 
“My helmet represents my two ‘home’ countries: Brazil, where I was born, and Belgium, where I was adopted when I was 5.”
 
 
What is your greatest strength?
 
“I’d say consistency and reliability. These are both so important for endurance racing.”
 
 
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would play you and why?

“I’m not sure if Hollywood would make a film about me. But if there was another one about Ayrton Senna, I’d love the chance to play that! I’ve been fan of him since he started racing.”
 
 
What would you like to achieve before retiring?
 
“I’d love to compete one day at the Spa 24 Hours, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
 
 
Tell us a random fact about yourself that your fans might not know…
 
“I like dancing! I also enjoy quality time with my friends, but that last one is probably not so random.”
 
 
Finally, what do you enjoy most about competing in the 24H SERIES?
 
“The level of competition is just great, and we get the opportunity to race everywhere in the world.”
 


 
Rodrigue Gillion on…his PROsport Performance teammate, and fellow Belgian, Nico Verdonck.
 
Nico has mentioned in the past that Spa is one of his favourite circuits. Do you think this bodes well for a good result for the pair of you at the 12H SPA? 
 
“I hope so! I have worked with Nico Verdonck since 2018 at the 12H SPA, and he is both my coach and teammate. That has given us the chance to better prepare for this race, so we should be in a better position to get a strong result at our home race.”
 
 
You had your first race as teammate to Nico last year at Spa12h How well do you feel you worked together, and is there still room for improvement?
 
“Absolutely! Although I’ve only worked with Nico for seven months, I can definitely see and feel the progress we’ve made, both in the car and outside, in terms of how to prepare myself in best possible way before and after testing, and during the races. This has given me a lot more confidence, and gives me a lot more pleasure to enjoy my passion for racing.”
 
 
How important will Nico’s experience as an established GT driver and driver coach be as you transition from racing M235 & Porsche 991 GT3 Cup cars to the Aston Martin Vantage GT4?
 
“In addition to being a fantastic driver who dispenses very good advice, he’s an excellent coach bringing me a great deal of structure, both on and off the track, so I feel so much more comfortable in the [Aston Martin Vantage] AMR GT4 now.
 
“Nico continues to advise me on the choice of championships, cars and teams, and together, we’ve set up a plan to help me perfect my skills. As I was a latecomer to motorsport, it’s the best way for me to make headway as quickly as possible and achieve my next goals in the sport together with Nico.”

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