Interview with Ben Jemison - Team Associated driver
You had a good day in 2wd finishing 3rd overall - well done. What has contributed to your success?
I had my head screwed on the right way, made sure my car was well prepared and that everything was just right - good preparation really.
Dan Greenwood noticed your great performance and wondered out loud - why don't you drive so sensibly on a more frequent basis?
I think I put too much pressure on myself to do well normally, whereas I have tried to relax and have fun, and have drunk plenty of water to remain hydrated!
Your use of Ballistic tyres in practice resulted in a surge of drivers switching their tyres - was it really the tyre or just pure skill?
Basically we tested with ballistics a few weeks ago and they felt comfortable so that's what I started on. The car felt awesome in practice and when other drivers saw how well it drove they swapped to ballistics.
What are your aspirations for the next 12 months?
I'd like a pay rise at work, and more cups of tea are required. I'd like to make another national A final too, that'd be good.
Which is your favourite track ever?
West coast r/c raceway, California.
Who is your RC hero?
Paul Bradby - he's so helpful both on and off the track. He and Neil have helped me to get to where I am.
What is your favourite tool?
My hitachi device - it has so many uses (screwdriver, machine gun, bedroom activities - wtf?!)
Would you eat Taty-Hash with a spoon or a fork?
I'd use a fork then drink a pint of 'gravy afterwards.
Reports of vandalism at the track one week before this event resulted in rumours and conspiracy theories circulating the world wide web. What are your throughts and what can you say about the mammoth clean up effort in the past week?
I think it was the local pikeys rather than anyone involved in the race scene. Everyone involved has done a great job preparing the venue and making it right again. They definitely deserve the clap and a huge back-pat.
What can you tell us about your 2wd?
The set up was fairly standard, I used Ballistics green all day - about 8 sets!
If you could be re-born as any animal what would you be?
Something with a smaller head - perhaps a turtle, because I'm hard as nails on the outside.
Bens Extra Comments:
I'd like to thank all my sponsors, and also oOple for all the commitment to the hobby - bring on the oOple race! Thanks to Neil, Paul and Mick for being patient and caring towards me. :)