Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell crowned ARX2 champion

#TeamFrazz celebrates a historic first for Jamaica in the second season of the Americas RallyCross (ARX2) Championship in Lexington, Ohio on Sunday. (Photo: ARX RallyCross)

Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell secured his fifth-straight win to lift season two of the Americas RallyCross (ARX2) Championship title after a compelling day at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington.

In ARX2, the official support series to ARX, Jamaican driver Fraser McConnell capped off his record-breaking title-winning season in style by mastering the extreme conditions to take his fifth win of the year.

McConnell, the number 35 driver representing DirtFish Motorsports, battled with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam at the front of the semi-finals, but in the final, the Jamaican driver took control and stormed to victory.

As the single-make ARX2 cars battled to find traction throughout the race, Karam finished second, claiming his fifth consecutive rallycross podium in his first season. Buhl Sport’s Alex Keyes handled adversity all weekend-long and rounded out the podium in third.

Humility in the face of success

21-year-old ace Jamaican race car driver, now ARX2 Champion, Fraser McConnell (Photo: ARX RallyCross)

The championship title was especially sweet for the 21-year-old St. Andrew native, who said during the awards ceremony that the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was the stage for his very first rallycross win.

“This track [Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course] is where I got my first-ever rallycross win and I think it’s only fitting it’s also where I got my championship win. There’s no question, I had to be on my ‘A-game’ this year, with this field, there’s no room for error and it’s just pure driving out there. Every single race, heat, final, I just had to make sure I had my game face on and make no mistakes,” McConnell explained.

The feeling of being champion – and the first Jamaican ever to claim the title – is a hard-earned but new sensation for McConnell.

Jamaica’s first-ever ARX2 champion, 21-year-old Fraser McConnell is all smiles holding the title trophy. Congratulations, Fraser!! (Photo: Facebook @ARXRallyCross)

“Right now, it still has not sunken in fully yet. We started off the weekend poorly but was able to come back and get the win in the final. It was probably the slipperiest conditions I have ever driven in, other than that, the season went well,” he said.

Outgoing ARX2 Champion Conner Martell missed out on the final with a mud-covered windshield early in the semi-finals. Fourteen-year-old Gray Leadbetter also missed out on the final despite showing impressive speed throughout the entire weekend.