Jackson Evans takes KINCROME SXS Championship lead with Alice Springs victory
Defending KINCROME Motorsport Australia SXS champion Jackson Evans has put himself in contention for back-to-back titles after a dominating performance in round two of the 2021 championship at Alice Springs.
Evans set up his round victory with an impressive run in the opening six-lap race when he and relief co-driver Sam Raper created a lead of more than seven minutes over KINCROME Racing teammates Simon Evans and Max O’Brien.
Jackson could afford to be a little more conservative in the second heat, but still managed to increase his overall advantage by a couple of minutes.
In the end Jackson had a combined two-heat time of two hours, 12 minutes and 32 seconds from Simon (2:22.05) while Trevor Finck and Tyler Fitzgerald (2:25.11) were third.
Stephen Henry and Steve Walton were fourth with a combined time of 2:25.31 and Chris Collins and Erika Savage were fifth outright in their KINCROME-backed AUZRZR Motorsport entry with a time of 2:28.38.
The third member of the KINCROME Racing squad, Eden Evans, the daughter of Simon and brother of Jackson, had a crash in heat one which put her on her roof.
The KINCROME crew managed to her back for heat two and Eden and her co-driver Shannon Jennings put together some consistent lap times to finish second in the Sport category to collect a second trophy in just two events in her debut season.
Jackson won the 2019 SXS championship, but was unable to defend his crowd last year because of COVID.
He now leads the championship with 194 points ahead of Henry and Finck, both on 192 and Simon who sits fourth outright on 186 points, just four ahead of Collins, 182.
Jackson’s wife and regular co-driver Claudia will be back for the next round of the championship at Kooralbyn in Queensland on May 15.
SIMON EVANS – DRIVER/TEAM OWNER
“It was a much better round overall for KINCROME Racing,” said Simon.
“The day started well with some good speed in the prologue and for me and Jackson to be sitting 1-2 for the start was very encouraging.
“Jackson did a terrific job in both heats, but it was always going to be tough to peg back his lead after the first race.
“It is a proud day when you get beaten by your son, it doesn’t mean I enjoyed it, but better him in front of me than anyone else.
“Eden had her first rollover, but she dusted herself off and got back out there and had a real crack which is all you can ask.
“It is great to have everything back on track from a KINCROME Racing perspective and we cannot wait for the next round in Queensland next month.”
JACKSON EVANS – DRIVER
“It is a really good feeling to finally get all the pieces together and have a solid and clean round,” said Jackson.
“We have shown the speed at every event we have been at this year, but we couldn’t get the monkey off our back.
“That all changed this weekend and it was great to get my first big KINCROME spanner as the event winner.
‘It is important for us to use this event as a springboard for the remainder of the year and keep focused on winning back-to-back KINCROME SXS championships.”
EDEN EVANS – DRIVER
“We have said from day one that this season will be a massive learning experience for us and that was certainly the case in Alice Springs,” said Eden.
“I really enjoyed the track and the conditions were really perfect, but that did not stop me from putting my KINCROME Polaris on its roof. At least the crew had the right tools get it back in shape.
“The great thing is that we recovered as a team and managed to finish second in the Sport category and collect another trophy.
“I am really enjoying myself, working well with my co-driver Shannon and feel that we are getting faster and more confident each time we get in the car.
“Queensland will dish up a whole new set of conditions again and I am looking forward to it.”
Jackson Evans – 194
Stephen Henry – 192
Trevor Finck – 192
Simon Evans – 186
Chris Collins – 182
Matthew Keene – 170
Eden Evans -166
Jake Williams – 154
Cody Crocker – 100
Nathan Weisel – 92