Fraser McConnell lands first-ever podium finish and second overall at 2020 Rallycross Nordic

By September 07, 2020
McConnell (left)  had his first ever Rallycross Nordic podium finish. His teammate Oliver Erikksson (centre) won the championship. Ulrik Linnemann was third. McConnell (left) had his first ever Rallycross Nordic podium finish. His teammate Oliver Erikksson (centre) won the championship. Ulrik Linnemann was third.

Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell recovered from early misfortune to achieve his first podium finish in the Supercar class at the RallyCross Nordic in Denmark on the weekend.

McConnell, the 2019 Americas Rallycross Champion (ARX2), also finished second in the overall standings behind Olsbergs MSE teammate Oliver Erikksson.

Erikksson finished with 111 points to McConnell’s 91. The Jamaican went into the weekend's finale in fourth place with 47 points, Erickson was second with 57.

However, the placings might have been reversed had he not suffered a bit of misfortune in Saturday’s final when he ran into trouble on the very first lap.

“We were third in the start grid, managed to get around second place and was in second place going around into the second corner. It was an around-the-outside move so there was a big slide, which exposed my front wheel to the oncoming competitor. He got me straight, big contact into my front wheel and that broke the drive-shaft,” said McConnell of the incident that took him out of the running in Saturday’s final.

“I was unable to continue driving the car as it (the impact) made it go into rear-wheel drive. With 600HP turbo-charge it is very difficult to drive so it was better to park the car to prevent further damage,” he explained.

Sunday, however, was a much better day for the trail-blazing Jamaican, who capitalized on Erikksson’s misfortune to claim second place.

“On the second day, we were able to come off the first corner, much more reserved with the big picture in mind. We came out the first corner in fifth. We managed to get to fourth immediately in the second corner and the way the race played out we were able to cross the line in second, so not a bad way to end off the year, on the podium,” said McConnell, who expressed delight at his podium finish.

“I can take home some silverware and add it to my collection. It was a great experience and to get second place in the championship was unbelievable so I am very pleased with how the year turned out.”

 

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