Toby Price has completed a stunning DEWALT SXS Australian Championship debut, producing outright victory in his first ever round in the category.
The CanAm Maverick X3 driver looked more like a veteran of SXS as he settled in straight away, setting the quickest lap of the weekend and progressing through the heats and semi finals with ease.
Competing in a four-way battle between joint championship leaders Stephen Henry and Simons Evans and Japanese international Tadamitsu Nihori, Price took the lead early in the Grand Final and never looked back, holding on to take the victory.
It was a dream start for Price who was fresh off a two-wheel victory during the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race in the Northern Territory last month.
“They’re very agile little machines that can do some amazing stuff and I’m just happy I didn’t put it on it’s back and sit there like a stranded turtle,” Price said post-victory.
“That was the main goal. I wanted to put some pressure on and I am pumped to come away with the win.
“The format of racing here is fun and I definitely think people should come out and try it. I’ve enjoyed it and I definitely want to come back out and do more of it.”
Despite losing out to Price, Simon Evans managed to secure second place with his Polaris RZR Turbo and build a buffer at the top of the overall championship standings, while Nihori edged out Henry to round out the podium.
In the SXS Sports class, it was the Polaris drivers who dominated the field as Mitch Keyte won an entertaining battle with class leader Tom Evans, while Stephen Gregory continued his great debut season to pick up third.
The DEWALT SXS Australian Championship next heads to the Queensland Moto Park for the fourth round of the season on 25 August.