Kincrome Racing is back in the Finke Desert Race

Kincrome Racing ready for the red dirt of Finke

Kincrome Racing will make a two-day dash to this weekend’s Tatts Finke Desert Race after a last-minute COVID-19 rule change from the Northern Territory Government.

The two-car Polaris team was originally forced to withdraw from Australia’s biggest off-road event because of the NT government’s decision to declare all of Victoria a COVID-19 Hotspot on June 2.

The Kincrome team, headed by the father and son duo of Simon and Jackson Evans, was hoping their base in Bass in regional Victoria might have given them a slim chance to compete, but the original hotspot decision ruled them out.

Today’s announcement provides regionally-based Victorians with travel permits for the NT while SA permits have been approved which will allow the team to travel from Victoria directly through to Alice Springs.

Simon will drive an updated Polaris Pro XP two seater while Jackson will campaign his four-seater Polaris.

The Evans’ two-cars were part of an eight-car Victorian contingent in the 63-car SXS field for the desert race, most of which are now expected to compete this weekend.

In total there are 169 four-wheel entries and 638 two-wheel entries, across 20 classes for the annual desert classic which returns after being cancelled last year due to COVID.

The team will make some final preparations on its cars this afternoon and will have another COVID test before heading to Wangratta tonight to pick up the team bus for the trek to Alice Springs.

Several crew members will tag-team on driving duties to get the team to the NT in time for Friday’s scrutineering.

Ironically, the NT government’s decision comes just hours after it was announced that Race Wheels Australia would be running Kincrome branding on their Method Wheels pro buggy and support vehicles to help out the Evans clan, which was originally going to have to watch the event unfold from home through no fault of their own.

Today’s move to relax the restrictions on regional Victoria means that the Kincrome Racing team can leave their base in Bass, which is located 90 minutes South East of Melbourne’s CBD.

Race Wheels Australia is the exclusive importer of Method Race Wheels in Australia and that brand will have a major presence at the event, as well as on their own entry.

Method Race Wheels are the sponsors of the Finke Desert Race Prologue on Saturday which offers $5000 for the outright fastest vehicle, $2500 for the leading UTV and a set of wheels for the fastest bike and quad.

Following Finke, Kincrome Racing will compete in the next round of the Australian Off-Road Championship at Loveday in South Australia on July 23-25 before round four of the Kincrome SXS series at St Helens in Tasmania on August 7.

WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY….

SIMON EVANS – OWNER DRIVER

“Finke is the biggest off-road event of the year and it will be great to be a part of it,” said Evans.

“We had our fingers crossed the whole time and while it would have been nice to have a bit more time we are grateful we have the chance to be there.

“The offer from Race Wheels Australia to run Kincrome on their pro buggy to help us out was tremendously generous and a testament to the spirit of the off-road community.

“Hopefully we can get that $2500 which has been put up by Method Wheels for the fastest car in Saturday’s prologue and buy those guys a beer.”

JACKSON EVANS – DRIVER

“It has been a crazy few days, but we are on our way,” said Jackson.

“The messages of support and encouragement have been overwhelming and now we have to take a deep breath and make sure we are ready for the biggest show of the year.

“Events don’t come any cooler than Finke for everyone in Australian off-road racing and we are excited to be going back there.

“Now we just have to make the most of our opportunity – an opportunity we really didn’t think we were going to have until today.”