From Jamaica to DirtFish: Fraser McConnell

With no previous rallycross experience, one of the stand out performers in the first ever Americas Rallycross (ARX) season has been Jamaican Fraser McConnell, racing for DirtFish Motorsports in the ARX2 support category.

McConnell set the first fastest ARX2 Qualifying time of the season in round one at the Circuit of The Americas and finished fourth in the final, and again made the final at GP3R in Canada for round three.

“I first entered the world of motorsports via motocross at the tender age of eight-years-old. My parents were not too keen with me being on two wheels, which led to my transition into karts at the age of eleven,” he said. “After competing in and being successful in many karting events in Jamaica, Homestead, Utah, and Orlando, I then had my first rally event at 15-years-old. All of this background has handed me the opportunity to be racing both rally and circuit in Jamaica, and most importantly in ARX.”

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With experience of both circuits and rally under his belt, McConnell, who won Rally Jamaica in 2017, discovered DirtFish’s rallycross exploits on YouTube and immediately wanted to try it for himself. “When stumbling upon videos of DirtFish I saw an opportunity to grow as a racer and change my hobby into a career,” he explained. “This followed with a test session in the DirtFish Lites car last summer, which showed promising results and a chance to take my skill set to the rallycross scene. Thankfully, ARX came about and I am more than grateful to be representing my country on the international stage.” 

With two rounds of ARX2 2018 remaining in the doubleheader at COTA on September 29 – 30, McConnell is sixth in the points but just two away from an overall top-three. The Jamaican is targeting continued improvement in the last race of the year and the top step of the podium. “When working with a team as professional as DirtFish, it’s hard to not expect perfection from their side of things. However, after reflection with my spotter Ishmael Moodie on the previous events, it is clear that we do lack experience in rallycross and there can be improvements on my part,” he said. “Adjustments in both our approach and mindset will definitely show that we can be on the top of the podium. With that being said, the Jamaicans are coming back to COTA with all guns blazing.”

Tickets for the ARX Finale at World RX USA are available for purchase now. See the American debut of the FIA World Rallycross championship alongside the championship finale of ARX. Tickets for the September 29-30 event at Circuit of The Americas are available now at www.worldrxusa.com/tickets.

Tiernay Oliver