Ben Cowley

Bio

Name: Ben Cowley

Joined: 2018

Role: Taking the credit for everybody else’s hard work

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I’m a classic case of the failed racing driver who can’t let go of that dream…

What’s your earliest motorsports memory?

Sitting on the Clearways corner banking at Brands Hatch with my Dad watching Foggy [Carl Fogarty] in World Superbikes during the early-mid 1990s.

When did you realise you loved motorsport?

When I learnt to ride a bike, I always wanted to take the racing line. It was pretty clear from that point.

What do you love about motorsport?

Most sports have the ability to bring people together, but motorsport is on a different level. It’s like having a second family.

Who is your racing hero and why?

Valentino Rossi. To maintain that level of competitiveness over three decades is just incredible.

Which current racer would you be and why?

Kimi Räikkönen. He comes across as all nonchalant but underneath there’s a steel and grit that’s got him to where he is today. He also doesn’t take the sport too seriously.

What’s the one car you would love to drive?

The 1999 Honda Accord BTCC car driven by James Thompson. 1990s touring cars were the most entertaining thing on four wheels.

What’s the one circuit you would drive in that car?

Bathurst, because the mountain section is just bonkers.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I get to give talented people a chance to pursue their passion.

What’s the worst thing about your job?

Not seeing my daughter when working offset hours.