Current SXS Motorsport Australia Championship leader Greg Campbell believes there is still plenty of work to do to win the title later this month.
The New South Welshman currently sits on top of the SXS standings with a 14-point advantage over teammate Glenn Brinkman ahead of the Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race.
With reigning champion James Cook just two points off Brinkman and the ever-talented James Mogford sitting in fourth place a further 26 points off Cook, the Polaris Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship season finale is going to finish off in thrilling fashion.
As always, Campbell has been highly consistent in 2023 having picked up a podium place at Loveday, two top-five finishes in Charters Towers and Pooncarie, and seventh place at the famous Tatts Finke Desert Race.
He is also the only driver to finish every event this year and score points at every round, which has been a major contributor to his position.
In 2019, Campbell’s consistency also saw him finish in the top three for the outright AORC Championship – a scenario that could happen again depending on where he finishes.
“We are quite surprised to be leading the SXS championship to be honest, but it’s clear that our consistency has been the main contributor to our position,” Campbell said.
“We are also pleased from a business perspective to have two of our GRC Motorsport built and prepared cars running first and second in the championship with Glenn very close to us in points.
“It’s been quite a decent year and a recent change to King Shocks, the reliability of the Can Am and our Method Race Wheels and the Tensor Tire have all played a part too.
“With that said, my target every year is to end up in the top three in what is a super competitive SXS Championship, and I would be more than happy with that achievement, but it’s exciting knowing that we have a serious chance of the title.
“I really want to win, but there is a lot of water to go under the bridge and realistically, it’s going to be quite hard to beat the likes of Cooky, Mogford and Glenn – all three drivers are quick and there is no doubt they will be pushing hard.
“Our own finish record is strong – we have finished every event in 2017 and I don’t think anyone has done that – but we need to push a little bit harder than we have in previous rounds if we want to win the title.
“Although a bit has to go our way, I truly think we have a chance and I would be incredibly proud if I did leave Western Australia the SXS champion.”
While Campbell leads the hunt for the Drivers’ championship, it’s Brinkman’s navigator Dale Moscatt who holds a slender lead in the navigators’ championship, sitting just two points ahead of Cook’s partner Mitch Aucote, while Michael Mogford is also 26 points off in third.
The Polaris Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship’s final round of the 2023 season, the Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Dash, takes place in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia on 20-22 October.
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