Ever since she first visited Sydney Motorsport Park to support TeamNZ in the drifting, BurgerFuel Evolution pilot Kat Benson knew this was the event she really wanted to attend and compete in. In 2015, that dream will come true for her and her team, as they cross the Tasman Sea to take on the world and gain priceless experience.
While Kat is under no illusion that this will be an easy task, the popular racer has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure both she and her car are up to the challenge, and have set a number of personal goals for the trip.
Kat’s main sponsor, BurgerFuel have just established themselves in Australia and have promised they will be there doofers and all to support their girl as she goes for the unofficial fastest female crown.
“When I attended WTAC previously, I was overcome by the allure of the pure speed, extreme aero and professionalism of those who attend the event” said Kat. Her newly-found passion for time attack racing found a fertile ground back home in New Zealand, where she has successfully been competing for the past few seasons.
“Ian (Baker) and I have been talking about me coming to WTAC for a few years now. Well, it was more like I’ve been talking and he’s been listening, so to finally make this happen is just amazing!”
Knowing that this trip required the car to be on a whole different level, the team at E & H Motors have been tasked with the re-tuning. On went a brand new Garrett GT-X turbo and the move was made to E85 fuel which has returned a nice round 400kw figure. The oiling system has been upgraded and suspension also tweaked to get everything possible out of the car. New bumpers have gone on along with YHI NZ/ Enkei providing fresh rims to keep the car as well presented as ever.
“I’m a girl racer, let’s not forget that” laughs Kat “so I’ll be looking sharp off the track too, thanks to the team at Ilabb and Etnies, who have made some of their new range available for me to wear.”
With partner Andrew Redward also taking part in the trans-Tasman drift, it’s going to be a very full weekend for the crew, but something they have got used to juggling. Each fully supportive of the other and able to play an important role in keeping the driver calm before the lap that matters.
For Kat this trip is a dream come true and she’s bound to have the biggest smile in the pits no matter what happens.
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