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 had a burning desire to compete on the world stage. 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 under no illusion that this will be easy, the popular racer has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure both she and her car are up to what is required, and have set a number of personal goals for the trip. In a nice bonus for the team, sponsors 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.
Kat says she was "caught up in the allure of the pure speed, extreme aero and professionalisim of those who attend the event' , and had tried to bring that passion back to New Zealand, where she has successfully been competing in for the past few seasons. 'Ian (Baker) and I have been talking about me going, well more I've been talking and he's been listening for a few years now', so to finally make this happen is just amazing Kat Says.
Knowing that this trip would be a whole different level, the team at E & H Motors have been tasked with re-tuning the car. 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 all round along with YHI NZ/ Enkei providing fresh rims to keep the car as well presented as ever. Kat is ever the girl, and also says that she'll be looking sharp off the track thanks to the team at Ilabb and Etnies, who have made some of their new range available.
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 you'd just about guarantee who will have the biggest smile & laugh in the pits no matter what happens.
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