The calendar for the KINCROME SXS Motorsport Australia Championship has been confirmed with six rounds to form part of the 2022 season.

After two years of interruptions, the six-event calendar is a major boost for the championship, which will see every round run in conjunction with the BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship (AORC).

However, while the KINCROME SXS Motorsport Australia Championship will run at every round of the AORC, it will still stand as its own championship with a separate points system.

Competitors who compete in the championship are not restricted to just running in the SXS championship though, with interested competitors and crews able to cross enter in the AORC component at each event and score points towards both championships.

Starting with the Cobb & Co Hotel in March and the Pooncarie Desert Dash in May, SXS crews will then get the opportunity to race on the biggest stage of all in June, with the Tatts Finke Desert Race.

The Can-Am Loveday 400 in South Australia then awaits competitors in July, before heading across the Victorian border for the Hindmarsh Shire Rainbow Desert Enduro at the start of September.

Following Rainbow, the championship then travels out west for the final round in October – The Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race.

Championship founder Sam Beck was looking forward to the 2022 season and the new era.

“It’s a very exciting time for the championship, especially after two years of lean times for all,” Beck said.

“We were lucky enough to get three rounds completed at the start of the year and eventually award a champion, but we have had to find a sustainable way of continuing to grow, while staying true to what the championship is.

“It’s great the AORC has welcomed us to the fold and we really look forward to going to some locations where we have never been to.

“The championship was already in a strong position, but to join the AORC for its entirety is very exciting and will only add to the strength of it.

“A big thanks to Motorsport Australia and the AORC for allowing something like this to happen.”

After three rounds in 2021 were completed, Stephen Henry was crowned as champion and the new titleholder is likely to compete next year.

The KINCROME SXS Motorsport Australia Championship begins in St George in Northern Queensland on 18-20 March.

2022 Calendar
Round One: Cobb & Co Hotel St. George 399 (QLD) – 18-20 March
Round Two: Pooncarie Desert Dash (NSW) – 6-8 May
Round Three: Tatts Finke Desert Race (NT) – 11-13 June
Round Four: Can-Am Loveday 400 (SA) – 30-31 July
Round Five: Hindmarsh Shire Rainbow Desert Enduro (VIC) – 2-4 September
Round Six: Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race (WA) – 20-23 October

Feature Photo: Felicity Thompson

The Kincrome SXS Motorsport Australia Championship has been declared, with no more events to be held for the rest of 2021.

Three rounds have so far been held this season, but no more events will be able to run due to the ongoing border restrictions.

In light of this news, the Kincrome SXS Motorsport Australia Championship organisers agreed to declare current leaders Stephen Henry and co-driver Steve Walton champions for this year.

Although he was unable to win any rounds in 2021, Henry’s lead in the championship was well deserving as the Queenslander finished twice on the podium before claiming a top five during the third round in Kooralbyn.

Finishing the championship in second place just two points off was 2018 champion Simon Evans and co-driver Max O’Brien, while first year rookies Trevor Finck and Tyler Fitzgerald end the year in third.

Taking out the SXS Sport class was the first-year pairing of Eden Evans and Shannon Jennings, while Jake Williams and Kevin Williams finished second ahead of Tony Ross and Jason Chipp.

Championship founder Sam Beck was disappointed with the cancellation of the season but admitted there was no other choice available.

“It was a difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the season as it just was not viable for us to continue running,” Beck said.

“With Kalgoorlie and St Helens already cancelled and both the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships and RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship also pulling out of their scheduled October rounds at The Bend Motorsport Park, it made it difficult to see any of our remaining two rounds from happening from a logistical point of view.

“So instead of risking further cancellations and costs for our competitors and staff, we decided to make the call now, which I think is better for the long run.

“With that said, a big congratulations to Stephen and Steve for taking out the title – Stephen is a very deserving winner as he is someone who has always been around the top for a long time.

“We will now turn our focus onto 2022 as we have some big plans for the championship and its future. I thank all competitors for their patience and Kincrome and all our loyal partners for their continued support.”

Photos: Felicity Thompson

Cody Crocker has enjoyed a dream return to the Kincrome SXS Motorsport Australia Championship after winning the season opener in Rainbow.

Contesting the new-look championship alongside Greg Foletta, the three-time RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Champion proved too strong for the 15 other crews throughout the round, which saw competitors complete two 100km races.

With crews split into groups for their first race, and then as one together for the final race, Crocker and Foletta claimed top honours after producing the most laps in the shortest amount of time.

Their combined race time of two hours and 26 minutes was just enough to secure the win over championship veteran Stephen Henry, who began his current bid for a title with a well-deserved second place alongside Steve Walton.

Rounding out the podium behind the second placed duo were Trevor Finck and Tyler Fitzgerald, who crossed the line a further second minutes behind.

It’s been a while since Crocker last raced in the championship, and even longer since he won a round – his last victory coming towards the end of the 2018 season.

“It’s great to be back in the car,” Crocker said post-race.

“The car and the race format were on point today and it was cool to come away with this Kincrome spanner trophy.

“It was great to put the band back together with Greg Foletta as my co-driver.”

Reigning champion Jackson Evans and his co-driver Claudia Evans suffered a mechanical issue during the first race, before improving significantly in the second race to go fastest – but it was too little too late as he had to settle for fourth place.

Evans’ younger sister Eden managed to pick up a class win in her official SXS debut, guiding her Polaris to 10th place outright and the SXS Sport win with the assistance of co-driver Shannons Jennings.

Having watched her father win the outright title in 2018 and brother in 2019, the 23-year-old was eagerly waiting the chance to make her debut in the championship.

“It was fantastic to finally get my first event under my belt and to come away with a trophy was a big bonus,” Eden said.

“There were just so many changing conditions out there during the day and I learnt so much, including how to drive with mud all over my visor.

“My goal today was just to finish and we did that and managed to come away with a gold Kincrome spanner was very cool.”

The next round of the 2021 Kincrome SXS Motorsport Australia Championship season takes place in Alice Springs on 17 April.

Round 1 results

1: Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta: 18 Laps – 2:25.16.5
2: Steve Henry/Steve Walton: 18 Laps – 2:27.21.7
3: Trevor Finck/Tyler Fitzgerald: 18 Laps – 2:29.49.9
4: Jackson Evans/Claudia Evans – 18 Laps – 2:32.03.9
5: Nathan Wiesel/Anthony Harris: 16 Laps
6: Chris Collins/Erica Savage: 16 Laps
7: Simon Evans/Max O’Brien: 16 Laps
8: MollyTaylor/Daniel Gardner: 16 Laps
9: Mathew Keene/Jack Keeble: 14 Laps
10: Eden Evans/Shannon Jennings: 13 Laps
11: Andrew Daniel/ Brayden Kendrick: 11 Laps
12: Jake Williams/Kevin Williams: 9 Laps
13: James Cook/ Mitch Aucote: 8 Laps
14: Paul Borg/Sebastian Borg: 3 Laps
15: Tom Evans/Samual Horrocks: 3 laps
16: Alex Handley/Jack Battye: 1 lap

The Kincrome SXS Motorsport Australia Championship begins the 2021 season this weekend with 16 crews entered in the seven-round season opener in Rainbow.

While Simon Evans and Cody Crocker are two of the biggest drawcards on the entry list, the late inclusion of Molly Taylor adds some spice to a star studded field.

Having made a name for herself in rally, claiming the RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship title in 2016, Taylor has recently dabbled in a variety of disciplines with the off road chapter taking place this year.

And while this weekend’s event won’t be the first time she gets behind the wheel of a SXS car, Taylor was looking forward to making her official debut in the championship as she looks to prepare for another major project, the international FIA Extreme E Series.

“I am a little nervous for the event but I’m really excited for it,” Taylor said.

“I did a couple of races when it first started back in 2015 and it was at motocross tracks, but I think the cars and the championship have come a long way since then.

“I have managed to get some seat time in Simon Evans’ old buggy, which is what I will be racing this year, but off road is very different to rally. It’s about understanding the different elements and what the car can go through and what it can’t.

“Any seat time is good and with the Extreme E season starting soon, doing the SXS Championship with the help of InsulShop and Simon Evans will be a great experience.”

While Taylor will be one of the more inexperienced competitors in the field, she won’t be at a huge disadvantage as the championship enters a new era this weekend.

The 16 crews will undergo more of an off road endurance style format, as they battle it out over two 100km races with the outright round winner to be decided by who clocks up the most kilometres across both races.

Despite the round being on Saturday, the event’s festivities will start on Friday night with a street party in the town centre taking place between 5pm and 7pm AEDT.

On Saturday morning, the action gets underway from 10am and spectators will have free access to where they will watch non-stop racing for eight hours.

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The first round of the 2021 Kincrome SXS Motorsport Australia Championship takes place at Rainbow on 13 March.

Reigning KINCROME SXS Motorsport Australia Champion Jackson Evans has confirmed his return to the championship in 2021 with the Victorian determined to defend his title.

Having won the title in 2019 after a thrilling season finale and the championship not taking place in 2020, Evans will enter this year’s seven-round season as one of the hot favourites.

The 29-year-old will form part of a three-car Evans Motorsport charge with father Simon and sister Eden confirmed to compete at every round.

The trio have also been handed a major boost ahead of the season opener with the championship’s naming rights partner, KINCROME Tools, to back the team as its major sponsor for the next three years.

“I have had to wait 12 months to go out and defend my 2019 title and to be able to do that with a new naming rights sponsor the quality of KINCROME is going to be pretty cool,” Jackson said.

“I think the new national series offers a lot for all the stakeholders and we look forward to flying the KINCROME colours in every state and the Northern Territory.

“Hopefully we will be collecting a few KINCROME trophies along the way and putting as many championship points in the bank as possible.”

While Jackson will undoubtedly head into the season as top seed, Simon will be no easy-beat himself, with the four-time RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Champion having won the SXS title in 2018 after a last gasp final round victory.

Locked in to compete in this year’s five round BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship in the same KINCROME back Polaris buggy, Simon was grateful for the support he will receive in 2021.

“It is great when all the planets align and I feel that is the case with our new partnership with KINCROME,” Simon said.

“We have been a big fan of KINCROME products for years and to have the brand on our vehicles and the company’s management working so closely with us, is fantastic.

“Obviously the current COVID-effected environment has made the sponsorship market a difficult one and it takes a proactive and dynamic company to become involved in a fresh relationship like this.

“We have to thank Nick (Pritchard) and the KINCROME team not only for their financial and product commitment, but for their incredible enthusiasm for what we are trying to achieve.”

The final member of the team will be Eden, who will make her official motorsport debut at Rainbow.

“Making my competition debut has been a while coming, but I am extremely excited,” Eden added.

“I have been around the sport of rallying and SXS racing all my life and to be heading into my first year of competition with a naming rights sponsor the quality of KINCROME is a little surreal to be honest.

“I have a lot to learn both in and out of the Polaris RZR, but I have some great people around me and I cannot wait to get out there racing.”

With the three vehicles to don the KINCROME colours over the course and the season, KINCROME Tools CEO Nick Pritchard was excited for 2021.

“Evans Motorsport obviously has a great pedigree in Australian motorsport and in rallying in particular,” Pritchard explained.

“The partnership with Simon, Jackson and Eden is a natural extension of our series sponsorship and I think provides some terrific opportunities for our brand, customers and staff.

“We have worked with Simon to develop a real identity for each of the three team members because they all have their own unique story and are at different stages of their careers.

“We are looking forward to all the stakeholders having a lot of fun in 2021 after the cancellation of last year’s championship and a few KINCROME trophies returning to the Evans’ household.”

The company has also created a new umbrella program titled Team KINCROME, which will cover other motorsport teams, competitors and events, as well as encourage KINCROME employees, customers and Blue Blood loyalty members to compete in grassroots and professional motorsport.

The KINCROME SXS Motorsport Australia Championship gets underway in Rainbow, Victoria on 13 March.

Leading Australian-owned tool company Kincrome has been announced as naming rights partner of the new-look SXS (Side by Side) Motorsport Australia Championship for three years.

The 2021 Kincrome SXS Motorsport Australia Championship will offer a new format of off-road short course racing with each round consisting of two 100km races contested on unique 10-15km circuits.

Next year’s championship will consist of events in seven different states and territories and will include pit stops and co-drivers for the first time.

The seven-round championship will start in Rainbow Victoria on Saturday March 13 and will continue at Alice Springs (Northern Territory, April 17), Kooralbyn (Queensland, May 15), St Helens (Tasmania, August 7), Kalgoorlie (Western Australia, September 11), The Bend (South Australia, October 16) and Nabiac (New South Wales, November 13).

The championship is set to include defending champion Jackson Evans and his 2018 title-winning father Simon. Other drivers set to be regular entrants include Dakar legend Toby Price, Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor, last year’s runner-up James Shipp and high-flying female ace Amber Anderson.

Kincrome is an Australian business that supplies quality tools and equipment to the professional trades.

Tools are designed in Australia, by its own product design team, incorporating input from Australian tool users.

Kincrome started its journey in 1987 with four staff, but now employs more than 150 and is still Australian family owned.

Kincrome has a great loyalty program called Blue Bloods for its loyal users and will be using events to activate and build its membership.

There will also be a focus on the company’s Tools For Life program aimed at supporting apprentices to get a start with their tools, across all professional trades.

Kincrome has had some small motorsport relationships in the past, but this is the company’s first major sponsorship in racing.

The Kincrome SXS Motorsport Australia Championship will offer just one of only eight Australian titles presented by Motorsport Australia and all brands of SXS vehicles are eligible to enter under the 2021 Motorsport Australia rules.

Each round will be run under the authority of Motorsport Australia with accredited event officials and safety personnel in attendance.

What they say

Nick Pritchard – Kincrome CEO
“We’re very excited to be part of the SXS Series. It’s young, exciting, growing fast and at the foundation of that is the passion of grassroots racing and we believe that is part of Kincrome’s DNA,” said Pritchard.

“While the SXS Motorsport Australia Championship offers a national title, is professionally run and has grown its profile year on year, it still remains an affordable category of motorsport that can really be attacked by anyone who has a passion for it.

“The SXS Championship has grown in popularity in recent years and we believe we enter our three-year deal at a perfect time. A multi-year agreement also provides valuable confidence for all the championship’s stakeholders.

“While we will be writing a cheque, we will also be bringing many other assets to the partnership which will benefit all of the sport’s stakeholders.

“It is no secret that COVID-19 has played havoc on the sporting and entertainment landscapes in 2020, but hopefully we can get back to some sort of “normal” next year and that the Kincrome SXS Championship is an attractive option for competitors and fans alike.”

Sam Beck – Kincrome SXS Motorsport Australia founder
“We have to thank Nick (Pritchard) and his team at Kincrome for the enthusiasm and vision they have brought to the table as we have negotiated this partnership,” said Beck.

“We believe we have built a terrifically-competitive and fun environment for teams that will put on a hell of a show for the fans.

“We have plenty of changes next year in regard to racing formats and we are delighted to be also announcing a new-look seven-round championship that covers every state and territory, except the ACT.

“We look forward to that happening in a sea of Kincrome blue.”

Simon Evans – 2018 Kincrome SXS Motorsport Australia Champion
“Kincrome is a terrific Australian-owned company and I think will be a perfect partner for the Motorsport Australia SXS Championship,” said Simon Evans.

“The Kincrome brand is trusted and will be a welcomed addition to our sport.

“This partnership marks a new era for us, and I cannot wait to see what it brings.

“For the first time the SXS Championship will be a truly national competition and that can only introduce what we do to a whole new audience and fan base.

“It also means we get to compete on a whole different range of surfaces from the desert sand in Kalgoorlie to the beach sands of St Helens in Tasmania.”

Jackson Evans – 2019 Kincrome SXS Motorsport Australia Champion
“After winning my first championship in 2019 we had great momentum which we were looking forward to carrying into this year, but COVID put an end to all that,” said Jackson Evans.

“I guess that automatically makes me a back-to-back champion because no one turned up,” he joked.

“I think it was frustrating for anyone who is a racer and who just wants to get out there and go hard at it.

“The exciting thing is that the series has a new sponsor in Kincrome and we have some cool new trophies to race for.”