McConnell Takes the Victory Over Martell and Keatts in ARX of Canada, Round 5
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Can. (August 3, 2019) – Jamaican star Fraser McConnell extended his championship lead in the official Americas Rallycross support category, ARX2 with the victory in Round 5 at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Canada.
With two of the three quickest times, McConnell took TQ (top qualifier) in the Intermediate Classification to earn pole position for the final, before he claimed the hole-shot at the first turn in the No. 35 DirtFish Motorsports Tru-Juice ARX2 rmachine.
Starting next to reigning ARX2 Champion Conner Martell on the front row of the final, McConnell made the best start as Dreyer and Reinbold Racing’s Martell was passed on the exit of turn one by teammate Cole Keatts, starting from row two. Just behind the trio, Loenbro Motorsports’ Micheal Leach climbed from the third row to fourth-place in the first turns, racing with a broken hand.
Keatts, in the No. 53 Black Rifle Coffee Company car, dove into the joker lap on Lap 2, giving way to Martell to fight to the front and battle McConnell. Applying big pressure to the championship leader, Martell took his joker on Lap 4 and held onto second, but McConnell responded on the next lap and held the lead to the finish to take his second win of the season. Martell was second and Keatts finished third.
“This is full redemption. Last year was a nightmare of a weekend for us here. Going into Q3 we had already won Q1 and Q2, Connor came up beside me and I wasn’t going to risk it at all just for an extra five points, we played it safe and played it smart I think,” said McConnell. “Then in the final I just threw all of that out of the window, if anything happens it’s just full send from now on. That’s what we executed and got the full points for DirtFish. I couldn’t be happier right now, this is pretty much what we came to do and tomorrow let’s see if we can repeat it.”
In only her fifth rallycross event, DRR driver Gray Leadbetter overcame technical issues in Q2 and Q3 and climbed from sixth to fourth in the final, in front of Leach and debut driver Lane Vacala, who battled for fourth during the final and finished in sixth. Round 6 of ARX2 takes place in Trois-Rivieres tomorrow, Sunday August 4.