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Last weekend saw a honoured return to racing, with the opening course of the 2020 British SXS Championship at Champs Park, Kettering.

After staying delayed for several months due to COVID-19, Champs Park embraced 46 participants and their SXS machines for a anticipated weekend of adrenaline and enthusiasm. This was the first rung for both the Polaris SXS British Youth Championship – especially aimed at young riders as an entrance to competitive motorsport, and the Polaris British Short Circuit Championship – which is the UK’s premier racing championship for all manufactures and models of SXS UTV and SXS ATV for sale.

“The opening course of SXS Racing couldn’t have gone any better,” stated Colin Martin, Race Director of SXS Racing. “To be fair, we were against it with the weather from the get-go. This extreme heat meant we were battling dust during the weekend which makes it much more challenging for the competitors, but it made for some great racing! Every race was honest and competitive, just how we love it, and we left the weekend on a genuine high. Looking forward to some more racing performances for the latter part of this year.”

Saturday was race time for the Youth Championship riders, and a sum of 11 lined up with their Polaris Ace UK 570 devices. Driving the overall results in the Youth Expert class was Mack Priestwood who won all three races, succeeded by Joe Chilvers in second and Fred Tarrant in third. The Youth Rookies class, saw Jack Barker win overall, and Sophie Bird and his sister Jessica Barker commanding the second and third spot on the podium.

With any make able to take part in the SXS Racing Championships, Sunday produced a heap of action from all 35 senior SXS drivers across the board, and an outstanding start to the period for Polaris SXS, with the U.S brand claiming the top-spot on the podium over all four classes.

The Open Class Rookies race marked a huge achievement by Lewis Scotney and Rio Longdon in their RZR 1000 machines, both rookies to the senior classes after a show of unbelievable performance and ability in the Youth Championship over the prior two seasons. Lewis claimed the top-spot of the podium before his dad, Mark Scotney in 2nd, with Rio Longdon making the podium in third place.

The new Polaris RZR Pro XP design took the Experts Open Class by surprise last weekend, with all of the three podium finishers competing with the new Polaris design. Mark McCann won the event, followed by Paul Severn as runner up and Adrian and Callum Loveridge as third place. In the 1000cc Experts race, Mark McCann commanded first place again in his RS1 1000, with Tom Fletcher in a Polaris RZR 1000 in the next spot, followed by Chris McPhee. Meantime, in the 1000cc Rookies race, Ross McNair succeeded in his Polaris RS1, with Chris Place and Polaris RZR rider Ricky Flint trailing behind in second and third.

Richard Coleby, Polaris Britain Sales Director, said: “As patrons of the British SXS Championship, we’re so thrilled to have racing competitions back in our calendars and to reopen this event for our sport and leisure customers. Last weekend was an exceptional start for the season and it’s excellent to see the new Pro XP has made it to the course for the first time in the UK and has commanded it’s first win already! A big compliments to the organisers for arranging this championship and running again during the unprecedented circumstances this year has produced.”

The opening sequence at Champs Park has been a great kick start to the race season and a special thanks to the organisers and all the organisations that took part.

The next round of the list is set to take place on 12th – 13th September with the venue to be established.

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