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McConnell tops chilly Nitro RX qualifying at Trois-Rivieres – EAST AUTO NEWS

McConnell tops chilly Nitro RX qualifying at Trois-Rivieres


Fraser McConnell emerged as prime qualifier from Nitro Rallycross’ first snow and ice occasion at Circuit Trois-Rivières in Quebec.

The Jamaican, who had by no means pushed on ice with studded tires till final week when he headed to Finland for some final minute coaching, defeated Dreyer & Reinbold stablemate Andreas Bakkerud within the ultimate of the head-to-head “Battle Bracket” to take his second TQ of the 2022-23 season.

With the situations not fairly chilly sufficient to facilitate optimum monitor situations, the collection did away with its multi-car battle seeding heats for the primary time since their introduction at spherical two in Strangnas, Sweden, whereas the head-to-head Bracket races had been minimize from three laps to 2, with the joker being reintroduced having beforehand been a non-factor within the two-car races.

Each McConnell and Bakkerud struggled for grip off the road within the ultimate, nevertheless it was the Jamaican who prevailed to hole Bakkerud into flip one. A brush with the financial institution on the within of the primary nook allowed Bakkerud to shut the hole momentarily, however McConnell wasn’t too affected by the transient bump and romped dwelling to a comparatively straightforward victory.

En path to the ultimate, McConnell made mild work of World Rally Championship common Kris Meeke, who slowed with points of their opening battle. Meeke’s day began with gearbox points in first follow, with the workforce needing to switch it forward of second follow.

McConnell took one other comfy win within the semifinals, defeating Oliver Eriksson, who’d overwhelmed Travis Pastrana within the prior spherical after Pastrana hit a financial institution and spun earlier than retiring attributable to visibility points.

The early exit compounded a troublesome day for Pastrana, who dislocated his thumb in follow after his automotive’s energy steering failed simply earlier than he took to the monitor’s leap.

Bakkerud’s path to the ultimate was much less simple, resisting a charging Kevin Eriksson in his first race, earlier than overcoming heavy stress from his Monster Power RX Cartel team-mate Robin Larsson on the semifinal stage.

McConnell tops chilly Nitro RX qualifying at Trois-Rivieres – EAST AUTO NEWS
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