Until last weekend, James ‘Bud’ Benney was just a 21 year old carpenter from Truro… now he’s hit the big time with a factory ride from Dirtpunk.
With team riders like Cecil Debris, Austin Vince and Ed March, Dirtpunk have always been a bit more Gladys Knight than David Knight… but all that’s about to change… it’s about time to sign someone who can actually ride!
Bud’s Enduro career started with a few local Cornish Enduros in 2013, but only a year later in 2014 he’d won the local clubman championship.
2015 didn’t disappoint for Bud, a narrow miss of the podium with 4th in clubman at the Welsh Two Day and a cracking 105th finish at the Weston Beach Race from a start on the back row were backed up with many podiums and various expert wins at clubs such as CORE, WFOR, PMRC and Camel Vale.
For 2016 he’s going to be competing in the British Enduro Championship, Weston Beach Race and many, many club series Enduros.
“Well, I’ll probably miss Carpentry a bit, and I might do some in the evenings as a hobby still, but I suppose the factory pro life with all the racing, Lamborghini’s and platinum blondes in bikinis will make up for it.”
We also asked some of the Dirtpunk team what they thought about Bud joining the gang…
Cecil Debris: “I’d like to be the first to welcome James Benney into the Dirtpunk fold, after turning down the sponsored star rider roll myself, I’m pleased to see DP have managed to find a fitting replacement. I knew he was the right guy for the job when at fellow DP rider ‘Dangerous’ Dave Brignall’s wedding he was trying to get several of us involved in a wee bit of grown up fun and games with the groom’s Mother. May his success this year be as large as his chin. If you ever try and overtake me at an Enduro again you’re f*cking out ya wee Bastart!”
Paul Castle: “Stoked to welcome Bud on the team, shame he’s gonna make the rest of look like riiiiiight twats.”
Joe ‘Chidders’ Chidley: “He’s got lovely teeth.”
‘Dangerous’ Dave Brignall: “What the f*ck was that about my mother?”