Cox, who has two Class D wins in the Arnold Chatz Cars Nissan Hardbody behind his name, will be competing down under in the Australian Safari on the same weekend and has, reluctantly, had to forego the opportunity to add to his growing tally of points in the production vehicle championship.

“I have really enjoyed my debut year in a production vehicle and am disappointed that I won’t be able to compete in Tarkastad,” said Cox. “I am contractually bound to KTM to compete in a number of rounds of the FIM World Cup for Cross Country Rallies and the Australian Safari happens to be one of the selected events.”

“The Australian Safari is a gruelling 5000km battleground, which starts in Bathurst on August 23 and finishes back in Bathurst on August 30 and while I’m excited to be competing in this gruelling event I’m equally disappointed that I’m missing out on the Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400.”

Cox finished third on last year’s Australian Safari and is confident that he can wrest the crown from 2002 winner Australian Andy Caldecott.

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