McConnell relishing ‘racing door-to-door with the fastest drivers in the world’

The 2021 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires season has been one of mixed fortunes for Fraser McConnell, with the Olsbergs MSE driver occupying the fourth-place spot in the standings ahead of the season finale at Arvika (13-15 August).

The Jamaican ace started his season in the best possible way by sealing victory ahead of three-time FIA World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson at the dramatic Nysum curtain-raiser.

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From that point onwards, McConnell picked up two further podiums with a third-place finish at the second round in Denmark and once more at the legendary Höljes circuit in Sweden for the fourth event of the year.

The most recent double-header at Ouluzone in Finland, however, was a weekend to forget for the #35 driver with track limits and mechanical troubles putting pay to his efforts in Round 5 and 6 respectively.

Now though, RallyX Nordic heads to Arvika, Sweden for the final round of the season. A track that – for the most part – was a happy hunting ground for McConnell in 2020. The 22-year-old looked to be on course for a podium last year, showing encouraging pace throughout the weekend, only to be involved in a first-corner incident halting his charge.

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“The season has been great so far,” said McConnell. “Being in the mix with the guys up front has been a lot of fun and proving really good pace at every event has given me the confidence to go out there and make myself believe that I can win.

“I’m super excited to go back to a familiar track! Arvika is really technical, which I love, and I’m preparing as best as I can to get some redemption and end the season on a high after my bad luck in Finland.

“Being in a supercar racing door-to-door with the fastest drivers in the world… it doesn’t really get better then that so I’m enjoying every second of it but also giving everything I have to show that I can be the best in the world. It’s only my second year in a supercar so I’m pleased at where my performance has been the entire season.

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“Being able to represent Jamaica and my sponsors on such a prestigious level gives me a lot of pride and I can’t express how honoured it makes me feel. I’ve also converted a lot of people to being rallycross fans and everyone is so into the action-packed layout of it, which is pretty cool to see.”

The RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires Championship culminates with Round 7 at Arvika, Sweden (August 13-15). Don’t forget you can catch all the action live and for free on the RallyX TV YouTube Channel.