• With just over a dozen Wingless Sprint race meetings to his name, youngster Casey O’Connell’s first full season in the class reached a whole new level at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway last Saturday night with an upset victory in the Queensland Wingless Sprint Title.

    In what was an outstanding drive throughout the Queensland Title deciding feature race, the 17-year-old racer started from position eight in the field. He had powered his way through the field and into the lead by the middle stages of the 30-lap event and from there went on to score a comfortable victory.

    “To pick up a Queensland Title win in my first full season in the Wingless Sprint class is an incredible feeling and I enjoyed a pretty much dream run in the feature race and it rewarded me with the win,” the Qld # 48 Tranzmile Truck and Trailer Parts - Wacol supported Cool car racer expressed.

    “The Wingless Sprints are one of the country’s most competitive classes and to be able to have a Queensland Title win to my name so early in my time in the class is quite a surreal feeling.”

    O’Connell continued by saying that this Queensland Title victory, which adds to his 2018 Northern Territory Title win in Junior Sedans, wouldn’t have been possible without his family and pit crew.

    “I can’t speak highly enough about the support from my family and pit crew and this Queensland Title win is dedicated to them,” said O’Connell.

    “My family have been racing in the Wingless Sprint class for four seasons now with my brother Cody, and it’s fantastic to be able competing in the one class together as a family.”

    O’Connell’s older brother, Cody, who steers the Qld # 49 Tranzmile Truck and Trailer Parts - Wacol supported Cool car and was last season’s Queensland Wingless Sprint Title runner-up finisher, had impressively qualified on pole position for the feature race after being the form driver from the heat races. However, in the feature race, he struggled throughout the race with an engine issue that saw him lucky to finish let alone just off the podium in fourth. The following morning, it was discovered by the team while they were trying to unload the car off the trailer was that Cody’s engine had seized up.

    For O’Connell, his first season in the Wingless Sprints has been highlighted by the Queensland Title success, but it’s not his first feature-race victory in the class, which occurred earlier this season at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway.

    “I’m having so much fun running in the Wingless Sprints with my older brother, and it’s a shame what happened to him in the Queensland Title, as he has been so close to winning this event in the past,” he explained.

    “Cody has helped me so much with my step into the Wingless Sprints class and it’s that assistance that has played a big part in becoming competitive so early in the class.”

    For the remainder of their 2019-20 season schedule, the O’Connell Racing team is currently unsure about their plans.

    The O’Connell Racing team would like to thank their 2019-20 season sponsors:
    Tranzmile Truck and Trailer Parts - Wacol
    Darra Mechanical
    O’Connell Smash Repairs
    ATL Graphix
    B&B Garage
    Pirtek - Wacol
    Bundamba Auto Wreckers
    Plus Fitness - North Ipswich
    Goodenough Cakes

    Special thanks must go out to the pit crew, the Butcher family, and Nic Moncrieff.

    To find out more about O’Connell and his team, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Team CC/O’Connell Racing or on Instagram by searching O’Connell Racing.


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