Was there a lot of confidence going into the championships?
I had a lot of confidence in the drivers we had running the car. I don’t really think we were the favorites considering Hara had dominated the warm-up. I figured Masami and Neil Cragg were probably going to be the biggest challenge. Neil had run at that track quite a bit and looked very comfortable with the surface. Masami just scares everyone I think………:)
Is the original BJ4 car now being phased out in favour of the Worlds Edition?
We are going to continue to support the original car and we have a new batch of them that we are planning to release in August or September.
I do feel the Worlds Edition is a better handling car and has a lot more flexibility with gearing. Considering the number of drivers starting to use the brushless systems that would be major plus for them.
Do you have any plans to produce more off road vehicles? A BJ2WD or BJTruck perhaps?
We have a lot of bodies and accessories in our plans. We hope to release a lot of them in the next few months and into the next year. We also have some tricks up our sleeve but nothing we are revealing yet.
I don’t think you’ll see a BJ2wd or truck anytime soon. I’m happy with our relationship with Associated and I like the B4 and T4. I started racing with Associated in 1992 and I really like to promote and race with their products.
Do you get to race much these days or has that been pushed to the side?
My racing has been pushed to the side quite a bit. I have made it to quite a few races this year but it is difficult to perform the way I want because there are a lot of responsibly before and during the race that interferes with practice and preparation.
Once I’m racing I feel my driving is actually pretty good but at the highest level you can’t have distractions to your focus. Worrying about others racing results is distracting at times.
Gil Losi Jr. told me something one time and I didn’t realize how true it was until I was doing it. He told me that racing your own car is so much harder to do than racing someone else’s because your always scared of making the car look bad or braking it in a big moment. He is right, it is much harder. :)
Thanks Jason for your time, and good luck in the future Jimmy