DirtFish Motorsports: Season Review

(December 3) – ARX2 joined Americas Rallycross (ARX) as an associate partner of the championship and fielding four cars for the ARX2 season, beginning at the inaugural DirtFish ARX of Circuit of The Americas.

DirtFish Motorsports entered the ARX2 season with four drivers holding a range of experiences, and it was the driver with the least amount of rallycross experience, Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell who was fastest in the first ever ARX2 qualifier and went on to take TQ (top qualifier) in the Intermediate Classification.

He also won semifinal one, but in an action-packed final the rookie finished fourth. His teammate meanwhile, Conner Martell, battled back after a difficult first two Qs, evening missing Q2 altogether due to a clutch problem, to be fastest in Q3 and Q4, win semifinal two and the final to take the points lead. It was an awesome start to the season for the DirtFish squad, as Scott Anderson was quickest in Q2, finished second in semifinal two to make the final but retired in the main event on the final lap. James Rimmer also showed strong pace, but just missed a place in the final when he spun into a tire-wall in his semifinal.

The first of two double-header events for ARX2 was held at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Canada. Martell set the best time in Q1 and Q2 on the first day, then retired from Q3 and lost top at the Intermediate Classification. He won semifinal one and then after a close race with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Christian Brooks, Martell won the final. Rimmer improved his pace through qualifying and was third in Q3. He finished third in semifinal two and then fifth in the final, but unfortunately for the DirtFish team neither Anderson or McConnell made it into the final. The next day, in round three, Martell again won his semifinal and just like round two had a close fight with Brooks in the final, needing to pass his rival to take the win. Rimmer was fourth in the Intermediate Classification and second in semifinal two behind Martell to make the final where he finished fourth, one place ahead of Anderson. McConnell put all four DirtFish cars into the final but retired with two laps to go.

Having won the final in each of the three opening rounds of the season, DirtFish’s Martell entered the final double-header weekend at COTA with a seven point lead in the championship, but the points leader had a half spin in Q2 on day one. The semis were delayed due to rain, but when they did start, Martell won his, as DirtFish team mate McConnell had a spin and finished third. In the final, Martell took a turn one joker and climbed up the field, including passing team mate Andersson to finish second. Andersson was third in another double DirtFish podium and McConnell recovered from dropping down the race order to finish fourth.

In the last race day of the season, Martell won his Q1 race and was second quickest, but with fastest times in Q2 and Q3, he took TQ and was crowned champion at the semifinal stage. He took the pole for the final and claimed the turn one hole shot, but retired on lap two with a puncture. McConnell was second in Q2 then second in semifinal two before he took the lead of the final by the half way stage, but dropped to second when he took his joker on the final lap. Andersson had a difficult final round and missed a place in the final after a semi-final penalty. Rimmer was unable to race in the last weekend of the season due to illness.

As Martell won the ARX2 title, McConnell was fourth, Anderson fifth and Rimmer ninth.

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Tiernay Oliver