McConnell claims second Extreme E Island X Prix win
Jamaica's Fraser McConnell (left) and Spain's Cristina Gutierrez, both of X44 Vida Carbon Racing, celebrate taking first position on the podium during the Island X Prix II in Capo Teulada, Sardinia, Italy, on Sunday.

JAMAICAN rally cross sensation Fraser McConnell and his X44 Vida Carbon Racing Team topped the podium in round eight of the Extreme E Championships in Sardinia, Italy.

Starting for the team, Fraser McConnell took a wide line into the first turn to sweep past Johan Kristoffersson and Sebastien Loeb as that pair squabbled for real estate in the centre of the track.

McConnell's clean start was decisive as Team X44 remained unchallenged throughout the round, with teammate Cristina Gutierrez bringing the car home 5.813s clear of Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky after taking the wheel at the mid-race driver change.

This marks the team's second victory of season three and first victory at an Island X Prix.

The 25-year-old McConnell was satisfied with the team's performance.

"It's amazing to get a result like this. Everyone has ensured the car is in tip-top shape before each round. Cristina and I had our heads down and drove four strong, clean laps in the final. We did everything we could to extract some advantage and find some little tricks to help us go faster than the rest. As always, the team worked tirelessly to ensure the car was in top shape."

The pair is currently fifth in the standings on 87 points. Extreme E concludes with the final leg in Antofagasta, Chile, on December 2 and 3.

"The championship is so competitive with so many world-class drivers so to be able to put Lewis Hamilton's team on the top step for round eight is an amazing feeling. We're going into Chile with our heads high and hoping for more," McConnell concluded.

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