Fraser McConnell well prepared for this weekend's Nordic Rallycross showdown

By September 04, 2020

Though he is going in with a bit of a disadvantage, Fraser McConnell is focussed on giving his best show when he lines up for this weekend’s 2020 Nordic Rallycross event in the Supercar Class in Nysumbanen, Denmark.

Dubbed “The Final Showdown”, the event is the Series finale rounds for both RallyX Nordic and RX2.

McConnell, who will drive his Ford Fiesta, will be racing for the third time this season with a team championship in mind. Driving for Olsbergs MSE, McConnell is currently fourth in the driver’s standings with 47 points, nine behind his teammate Oliver Erikkson on 56. However, Johan Kristofferson of VW Dealer Team Bauhaus leads the standings on 81 points.

“I will be challenging with my teammate for the championship,” he told Sportsmax.TV on Friday from his base in Sweden, adding that he is great shape mentally and physically for the battle.

“It does require a lot to drive these cars at 100 per cent. With 600HP and 800 foot-pounds of torque you have to be on top of your physical game and fitness,” he said. “Your reflexes and your ability to control stuff at high speeds needs to be top-notch. In that aspect, I am very prepared.”

However, on this weekend the challenge goes beyond being able to handle a powerful engine. Fraser said the track is new to him, which in theory stacks the odds against him.

“All the other competitors are from the area so they know the track, they have been there before and it’s going to be very difficult to catch up to their pace but I am very confident that I will,” he said.

He believes if he gives his best, he will be happy with “whatever that brings”, adding that the key to success lies in trying to make as few mistakes as possible.

McConnell, who last year became the first Jamaican to win the Americas Rally Cross ARX2 Championship in Ohio, a crowning moment in his burgeoning career, said 2020 has presented much bigger challenges.

“This year has been very difficult to get into races and to travel and be a part of the sport that I love but I had the right people behind me making everything possible,” he said. “Tru Juice has been a very big help, Remax Europe has been a very big help, Dirtfish, my rally school that I started, has been a very big help and the Swedish team that I am racing with OMSE, I wouldn’t be doing this without them.”

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