McConnell to the world
By Ricky Browne
Usain Bolt was quick to make a post on his Instagram of fellow Jamaican Fraser McConnel winning his rally cross race in Denmark.
“Jamaica to the world” was the Olympic sprint champion’s simple message. With it, he included a clip of McConnell saying “I love my people!” while doing a Bolt pose on the roof of his car. The message got 180, 535 views on Instagram and some 467 comments.
Jamaica’s latest sports star on the global scene is rally cross driver Fraser McConnell , who celebrated his first supercar win on the weekend at the RallyX Nordic in Denmark.
Congratulations came from far and wide. Apart from Usain Bolt, Fraser’s win was also highlighted on social media by Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
“Huge Congratulations to Jamaican Fraser McConnell, who finished at the top of the podium and defeated three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson,” tweeted Holness, along with a couple photos of McConnell celebrating his win.
“Fraser has made history by claiming his first supercar win in the 2021 season of the Rallyx Nordic in Denmark yesterday. We are beyond proud of you, Fraser! Continue to make Jamaica proud on the world stage,” Holness tweeted.
McConnell himself posted the following: “Can definitely call this a successful first weekend for the 2021 rallyxnordic season.
“FIRST n Round 1 and THIRD in Round 2. Podium steps feel sweet and just have me hungry for more!
“To all my #teamfrazz family and sponsors and my JAMAICAN PEOPLE, this win was for you. And to all the newcomers, welcome to the journey. Rally cross is the future and I’m enjoying every moment and living my dream! On the othe next even in Sweden in two weeks – Focused. Ready. HUNGRY.”
The message got 265 comments.
With that he posted the message “FIRST SUPERCAR WIN, Finished at the TOP of the podium in the first event of the season for my first supercar WIN. Wouldn’t be here without my sponsors and the support from my BIG BAD JAMAICAN FAM who always give the greatest support. Ready to use this momentum and focus for Round 2 tomorrow.
A video he posted of him doing the famous Usain Bolt pose while standing on the roof of his car along with a TV interview earned him 827 comments and 43,039 views.
With its black, green and gold colours, McConnell’s card sticks out in a crowd.
Rallycross is a sport that is similar to the better-known rally racing – except that instead of one car at a time on public roads, its multiple cars racing at the same time on a closed track that has been designed for racing. The surface the cars race on is a mix of both dirt and asphalt.
Not only was it 22-year-old McConnell’s first ever Rallycross Supercar victory – it was also the first ever Rallycross Supercar victory for Jamaica. His victory was also said to be the first ever Supercar Rallycross victory for any driver from the wider Caribbean.
Having won round one, McConnell ended up finishing third in round 2, behind Sweden’s three-time FIA World Rallycross champion and scoring just below Norway’s Sondre Evjen.
McConnell grew up on the Worthy Park estate, tucked away in Bog Walk in the hills of St Catherine in Jamaica. Well known for its sugar and production of Worthy Park rum and Rum Bar rum, as well as being the home of Tru Juice, the dirt tracks on the large estate would have been an excellent training ground for the aspiring world champion.
On the day of his victory McConnell was quick to praise his sponsors – many if not most of them Jamaican brands, including his family’s own Tru Shake brand – as well as Jamaican hotel group Sandals Resorts, Jamaican investment company Barita, Jamaican seafood company Rainforest Seafoods and American rally school DirtFish.
“You made us all PROUD! #TeamFrazz tweeted Sandal Resorts International Chairman Adam Stewart. “Our TRU CHAMP!!!! Continue to make us proud” tweeted sponsor Tru Shake.
Rounds three and four will take place in Sweden from May 13 to 16.