Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Kat Benson, a Team Turbosmart ambassador driver, is ripping it up around the race scene. She is part of a new breed of emerging female drivers and her passion for the sport makes us proud to have her as part of the crew.
Kat was nice enough to take some time out from her busy schedule to respond to some questions posed by the Turbosmart marketing guys and answer some of the most pivotal and vitally important conundrums around racing, motorsports and life.
So without further adieu, let’s kick it off;
Matchbox or Hot Wheels? Hot Wheels
How long have you been involved in motorsports for? 15 Years
Where does your love of the motorsport come from?
I would probably credit my brother and mutual friends who helped spark the Motorsport bug within. My love for the sport and community really started to take shape when I was 17 and purchased my first Mitsubishi Evolution 2. Coming from a competitive swimming background from a young age, I have always tended to be driven with a scope to always improve on my previous best – at that point in my childhood, I would probably say I looked up to and was influenced by NZ swimming greats – Trent Bray & Danyon Loader.
What has been the most memorable moment of your motorsports career?
This is such a hard question to answer to be honest because I cherish so many milestones over my racing career. A couple of huge highlights would be representing New Zealand at World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park and being invited to compete at iconic kiwi event LeadFoot Festival.
Favourite car movie of all time? Gone in 60 seconds
First car you ever wanted verses what you actually got?
Wanted a Dodge Viper, got a Daihatsu Charade Detomaso
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? To fly!
What do you get up to while you’re not on the track?
Going to other motorsport events HAHA, fitness, hanging out with friends/family and playing silly buggers with our dogs.
The Simpsons or Family Guy? Simpsons
What is your favourite thing about Turbosmart?
It’s a huge honour to be supported by an internationally recognised, respected brand which provides results. Turbosmart have as much passion for Motorsport as the drivers and teams that run their products.
If you had to give advice for someone looking to get into the motorsports industry, what would you say to them?
Stay humble, seek advice, set personal goals and practice practice practice!
If you could go back 5 years in time, what advice would you give yourself?
Take every opportunity that comes your way with open arms.
Any projects that you are working on that you would like to talk about/share?
The BurgerFuel Evolution 7 is currently undergoing an offseason rebuild in preparation for the season ahead. Bring it on!