Cody Crocker has bounced back to form in his #619 Polaris RZR Turbo to take victory at round 3 of the SXS Australian Championship held in Canberra over the weekend. Winning six out of the seven heats in the open SXS Class, Crocker amassed a total of 41 points to take victory. The two Eagle Powersports Tamworth Polaris’s driven by #629 Iain Hughes and #630 Adam Swindle tied for second outright on 35 points. While Simon Evans made his mark in his first outing in the #74 Brown Davis Yamaha YXZ, nailing down third with some spectacular driving to finish with 33 points.
In the Polaris RZR Australian Championship, Rookie driver Chris Sutton came out swinging in his #321 Polaris RZR1000. With six race wins and one second from the seven starts, Sutton dominated proceedings to finish on 41 points, ahead of #38 Driver Niihori in second place with 38 points and #57 Ewan McClue in third with 34 points.
The new course for 2016 at the ACT Motorcycle Club threaded it’s way like a ribbon through the hill side, with the big berms and flowing track keeping the drivers on their toes. Nathan Weissel gave the crowd a taste for the action to come during Saturday’s shakedown, rolling his Polaris end for end at the top of the hill. Fortunately he was able to make some quick repairs and not miss the start of the main race.
Sam Beck wasn’t as lucky, going end for end eight times off the finish line jump at the conclusion of race one. In a testament to the strength of the Brown Davis roll cages and the safety gear used, Beck was able to walk away from the spectacular crash unharmed. With the Mini Polaris out of action for the remainder of the weekend, Sam Beck stepped in to help out fellow competitor Peter Carr who had blown a head gasket in his Polaris that morning. Lending him the engine out of his machine, so he could get back out on the track for Sunday’s four heats.
The next round of the SXS Australian Championship is on the 20 – 21 August 2016 at the Albury Wodonga Motorcycle Club Inc. After the first three rounds #629 Eagle Powersports Iain Hughes has a slender two point lead over #619 factory Polaris of Cody Crocker in the open SXS Category. While only one point splits #57 Ewan McClue and #14 Tada Niihori in the Polaris RZR Championship.
Stay tuned to Dirtcomp Magazine for more coverage of the SXS Australian Championship in the print edition!