McConnell Sets Sights on ARX of Gateway

Jamaican rallycross sensation Fraser McConnell will head to rounds three and four of the official Americas Rallycross (ARX) support category, ARX2, at WWT Raceway for the ARX of Gateway next week with his eyes firmly set on extending his lead in the points.

McConnell made his rallycross debut in ARX2 last season and this year is running a full program in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship support class, the RX2 International Series. He returned to the United States to race in the first two rounds of the ARX2 schedule at Mid-Ohio Sports Course, as part of the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio with DirtFish Motorsports.

The Jamaican-born driver won the first qualifying session of the year at Mid-Ohio, then was quickest in Q2 and was top in the Intermediate Classification. He dropped to second behind Sage Karam in the semi-finals, and a further incident in the final meant he retired from the race. Fighting back in round two on Sunday, McConnell again pocketed the first two qualifying rounds, was again stop in the Intermediate Classification but this time won both the semi-final and final to take his first ever rallycross win.

“Round one was really good, we got TQ, had some nice battles with Sage in the semi but unfortunately got a five second penalty. Then in the final we had pace but unfortunately threw it away. We slept on it and came back in round two and were quickest straight away again, got the TQ again, won the semi, won the final. It was just head straight the whole day and we didn’t look behind us,” explained McConnell. “The DirtFish car was running really fast, also the Olsbergs MSE guys I have been racing with in Europe came over to support as well. I wouldn’t be here without out either of those and I looking forward to doing more in the future.”

McConnell is enjoying his switch to rallycross. He leads the 2019 ARX2 standings by three points but says the competition is solid. “It’s really tough, you have to be fast and not be unlucky. Things didn’t go in our favor in round one, then some little small scares in round two like a little clutch issue before the race, you start to think all this stuff. But I just thought ‘Come on Fraz, don’t think about this stuff, just drive. You’re here to drive just do it.’ I’m learning still and happy. The competition is there, all the drivers are really fast and I couldn’t ease off one bit over the weekend.”

Tiernay Oliver