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.”

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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.

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.”