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McConnell ‘happy’ with development as a driver

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2023 | 1:36 AM
Fraser McConnell
Fraser McConnell

JAMAICA’S LONE rallycross driver Fraser McConnell capped off a fine 2022-23 Nitro Rallycross season by finishing second in the season finale Group E Round 10 event at Glen Helen Raceway in California.

McConnell demonstrated his tactical prowess during the damp six-lap final, only to be edged out by Dreyer and Reinbold Swedish teammate Robin Larsson, who took the final event in a time of 4:58:964.

Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud made it a clean sweep on the podium for team DRR after finishing third.

For his efforts, McConnell ended the overall championship third, with his contribution helping team DRR secure the team title, which was pleasing for the Jamaican.

“It has been a really great season in Nitro with me having a lot on the table and racing alongside people like Travis Pastrana, who is my childhood hero. To be able to get third in the championship with such a stacked field was a big accomplishment for myself and Jamaica.”

McConnell was able to finish in the medal position after entering the final day as one of five racers all in proximity in the championship standings.


With Larsson eventually sewing up the championship, it was down to McConnell and Pastrana to see, who would finish second and third, with the American just edging out the Jamaican in the last race of the season.

Following another successful season, made possible by the support of sponsors Tru Shake, Just Bet, Proven Wealth, Jamaica Tourist Board and Rainforest Seafood, McConnell is already looking ahead to what’s next with his team in talks with the Nitro RX organisers to kick off the new season in June this year.

“I am very happy with where I am at in my career and this past season really developed me as a driver. This shows that I can compete and beat the best in the world,” said McConnell.

After a break on the island, McConnell will next turn his attention to the X44 Vida Carbon Racing, the Extreme E Team founded by Seven-Time Formula 1 Champion, Sir Lewis Hamilton.