Jamaican rallycross driver Fraser McConnell restarts his quest for maximum success in the Nitro Rallycross (NRX) series this Friday, June 18 at the spiritual home of the sport, Lydden Hill, England.
“I have never driven at Lydden Hill, but I am really happy to be here because it is a legendary track and is referred to as the birthplace of rallycross in England,” McConnell told the Jamaica Observer’s weekly Auto magazine.
The start of NRX at Lydden Hill highlights the significant expansion of the series in its sophomore year with an increase to 10 rounds across the USA, the Middle East, and Canada.
“I am very excited about being in the 2022/2023 Nitro Rallycross Series to continue the momentum that has been created since my start in rallycross in 2018. The Nitro Rallycross Series is the future of rallycross, with a clear path towards a career,” said McConnell.
The Jamaican driver will have his work cut out for him as he will be pulling double duties in NRX as he will be competing in two classes: Group E, a new class for all-electric rallycross cars as well as returning to the Supercar class, bringing on board new sponsors, A SHOC and PROVEN Wealth, to join Praise, Sandals, JustBet, Jamaica Tourist Board, TruSHAKE, Uncle Saaal, Dirtfish, and Rainforest. Having signed Indianapolis-based Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (DRR) Team, McConnell will be driving the new electric supercar FC1-X for Group E and a Hyundai WRC in the Supercar class.
“It wasn’t the initial plan to race in two classes, but things have worked out for the best. It will be a lot of driving at each event but I am in good physical condition and the additional track time will be helpful, especially on all these tracks that are new to me,” McConnell said.
McConnell continue his meteoric rise through the ranks of rallycross, having grabbed the Americas Rallycross Championship class two title in 2019 and moving on to multiple accolades in the sport on the European continent.