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McConnell eyes tremendous 2021 | Sports activities

Following a season the place he carried out above expectations within the Supercar class, RallyCross driver Fraser McConnell says that he has each intention of continuous within the class for the 2021 season.

Whereas the Coronavirus pandemic severely hampered his racing calendar for 2020, it offered the chance for the 2019 RallyCross champion to advance to the Supercar class, the game’s highest class.

McConnell says that with the surprising expertise gained in his new environment, he believes that he’s able to problem the highest drivers on this planet frequently.

“That’s the plan, to remain in Supercar. It’s the best degree of competitors and I really feel like I’m prepared for it. There isn’t a motive why I can’t carry out at a excessive degree constantly now,” McConnell instructed The Gleaner.

His schedule for subsequent yr remains to be not finalised, however McConnell says that his workforce is working in the direction of having the ability to have the mandatory sponsorship to stay within the class. Nevertheless, he says that whereas any racing, at any degree, that he can get for subsequent yr shall be helpful, he’s decided to stay the place he feels he belongs.

SUFFICIENT SPONSORSHIP

“We’re nonetheless engaged on that. Nothing will be capable to happen except there’s enough sponsorship. [So] that’s what we’re engaged on proper now,” McConnell stated “Any racing is nice racing, [but] I don’t plan to go down into the decrease class. [It’s] all eyes ahead [to] keep in Supercar and attempting to do as finest as I can in that class.”

Whereas the native racing season grounded to a halt due to the pandemic, McConnell managed to take part in two occasions in Europe this yr, which have been organised by his Sweden-based racing workforce, Olsberg MSE. He made his Supercar debut in Sweden in July, which marked the return of motor sport on the continent, after 4 months of inactivity. He subsequently completed second general within the Rally Nordic X Supercar Championship, behind his teammate Oliver Eriksson, who captured the title.

McConnell stated that he’s blissful that he was in a position to profit and take a look at himself among the many finest, regardless of the present circumstances.

“COVID-19 finally turned out to work in our favour, having the ability to make a soar to the Superclass. I simply made one of the best out of that chance by making use of myself and utilizing every thing that I’ve learnt within the earlier lessons of racing that I’ve achieved, to develop into the larger class,” McConnell stated. “I simply grabbed the chance with each arms and made certain that I wasn’t going to waste any minute [of it]. The expertise was invaluable, and it was a really profitable season.”

daniel.wheeler@gleanerjm.com

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