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McConnell going flat out for RallyX Nordic title | Sports activities

Having secured his first profession win within the Supercar class on the weekend, rallycross driver Fraser McConnell says that the victory was a press release of his intent to mount a title problem in solely his second season on the elite stage.

McConnell, 21, defeated three-time world rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson on Saturday within the first last of the brand new RallyX Nordic season on the Nysumbanen race monitor in Denmark.

Regardless of beginning the ultimate in fifth place, McConnell captured the win on the identical monitor the place he achieved his first podium inserting in his debut season final yr.

McConnell had solely made the transfer to the Supercar class sooner than anticipated in 2020 due to the disruption within the racing schedule attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. He mentioned that his maiden win was validation of his capability not solely to compete with the very best on this planet, however to beat them as nicely.

“After I crossed the road in first place, it was simply an enormous aid off my shoulders,” he advised The Gleaner. “Not that there was any stress, however it form of confirmed in my head that I’ve what it takes to be the very best on this planet, and I proved myself by beating the very best on this planet that day.

“It was a test off my to-do checklist in my rallycross profession, and gaining their (the racers) respect, and being a good and secure driver all through the entire weekend.”

McConnell had back-to-back podium finishes this weekend, inserting third within the second-round last yesterday. Kristoffersson avenged Saturday’s defeat to win spherical two yesterday in a time of three:06.967 minutes after beginning the ultimate in pole place. Nonetheless, McConnell mentioned that his performances on the weekend confirmed his pedigree and made his intentions recognized to the sphere of his title aspirations.

“I mentioned precisely that coming in right here. I’m not travelling all this fashion and placing in a lot effort simply to make up the numbers and be one other automobile on the grid,” McConnell mentioned. “I’m coming right here to point out the world that I’ve what it takes, and Jamaica can put out expertise, and even right this moment, everybody noticed me as a possible menace. It has its positives and negatives, however it’s a psychological sport at this level.”

SHARING THE MOMENT WITH PARENTS

Within the aftermath of Saturday’s win, McConnell mentioned he savoured it along with his dad and mom who have been the primary individuals he referred to as to share the second.

“They pour a lot power into what I’m doing, and they’re simply as invested as I’m,” he mentioned. “It’s only a huge staff effort to get all the puzzle items in the appropriate spots when you find yourself competing in these sorts of sports activities, and for me, profitable is for everyone. I’m profitable for my household, my associates, my nation, my sponsors,” McConnell mentioned. “It’s an enormous staff effort.”

After two rounds, McConnell is in third place within the Supercar championship standings with 47 factors, 9 factors adrift of Kristoffersson, who has 56 factors and the general lead. Sondre Evjen, who had third- and second-place finishes on the weekend, is in second place with 51 factors. The sequence will now shift to Sweden, the place rounds three and 4 are scheduled to happen beginning on Might 13.

daniel.wheeler@gleanerjm.com

Social media point out (Twitter)

“Enormous congratulations to Jamaican Fraser McConnell, who completed on the high of the rostrum and defeated three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson.

“Fraser has made historical past by claiming his first supercar win within the 2021 season of the Rallyx Nordic in Denmark [on Saturday].

“We’re past pleased with you, Fraser! Proceed to make Jamaica proud on the world stage.”

— Prime Minister Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM)

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