Jackson Evans to launch new Kincrome Polaris at Kooralbyn
Defending series champion Jackson Evans is busy putting the final touches on a new two-seater Polaris for round three of the Kincrome SXS Motorsport Australia Championship at Kooralbyn in South-East Queensland this Saturday.
After battling for speed in his heavier four-seat machine at the first two rounds, Evans will take the covers off a new Kincrome Racing two-seater as he targets the championship lead.
Evans is currently in equal second in the championship chase with his father Simon after the opening two rounds in Rainbow, Victoria and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
He is anticipating a smoothert, faster layout at the new South-East Queensland venue will also suit his new car which will carry a lot of the Pro XP running gear from his four seater, but will be almost 400kg lighter.
Ironically, Simon made the move to the two-seater at Alice Springs with some positive results.
Timing malfunctions at the Alice Springs round meant the original results had to be readjusted and new championship points allocated.
As a result, the title fight is one of the closest seen in the recent history of the SXS championship.
Trevor Finck from Beaconsfield in Victoria and Stephen Henry from Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast share the championship lead on 194 points, but the Kincome Racing father and son duo of Jackson and Simon Evans are breathing down their necks on 188 points a piece.
Kincrome-backed privateer Chris Collins sits an impressive fifth on 182, 12 ahead of Matthew Keene on 170.
The third member of the Evans family, Eden, sits an impressive seventh outright on 166 points after class podiums in the opening two rounds.
Entry to the event, which is being hosted by the South East Queensland Off Road Racing Association, is free for spectators with the The Compound located at 132 Brooks Drive, Kooralbyn, Queensland – about 90km west of the Gold Coast. Camping is also available at the venue.
JACKSON EVANS – DRIVER
“While we had good speed at the last round, we really did lack the drive out of the corners with the bigger car and that’s why we have decided to build a two-seater for the Queensland round of the championship,” said Jackson.
“We will have a little less horsepower with the new car, but we will be almost 400kg lighter and that should make a hell of a difference if the track is as smooth and fast as we think it will be.
“This will also allow us to have one less event on the four-seater car before we head to the Finke Desert Race where we will run the Kincrome colours for the first time next month.
“We had a very solid round at Alice Springs, but we were a victim of the timing issues and the adjustments made.
“We need to put that behind us and ensure we make use of every second to become accustomed to the new track at Kooralbyn which looks like a heap of fun.
“We have got access to as much video as we can get our hands on to try and give ourselves a bIt of a head start and believe the move to the two seater is the right move.”
SIMON EVANS – DRIVER/TEAM OWNER
“There was plenty of confusion after the timing issues at the last round, but that has now been resolved and we now know where we sit,” said Simon.
“To have three members of the Evans family in the top seven after two rounds is pleasing, but our goal is to at least get into the top two spots and maintain that.
“We are heading to a new venue for us which will make the shakedown and prologue event more important than usual.
“We are expecting a few local competitors to strengthen the field because SXS competition is very healthy in South-East Queensland.
“We just need to adapt to the conditions as quickly as possible and convert our recent speed.”
EDEN EVANS – DRIVER
“I ended up on my roof in the last round at Alice Springs, but we got out, pushed it back on to four wheels and got going again,” laughed Eden.
“Dad says it was always going to happen and I am just glad we have the first one out of the way.
“We have looked at some video of The Compound and although we won’t really know until we get out there, it looks reasonably smooth and fast compared to some of the other venues we will race at this year.
“We have managed to bag some points at the first two rounds despite our issues and that is certainly the goal again this weekend.”