O'Keeffe breaks racing dry spell

Brendon O’Keeffe won the Street Sedan on Saturday night after four years in the wilderness.
Brendon O’Keeffe won the Street Sedan on Saturday night after four years in the wilderness. Renee Pilcher

BRENDON O'Keeffe was so excited about his Street Sedan win on Saturday night he leapt on to the roof of his car to celebrate.

The 22-year-old had won a lot of speedway meetings as a junior.

He had even won a Queensland title, but of late his form has been a little ordinary.

He said it had been four years since he last won a race in the Street Sedan category and Saturday night's win put him on "cloud nine".

As O'Keeffe crossed the finish line in his AU Falcon he and his passenger were heard shouting with excitement.

After the victory lap, O'Keeffe did a couple of doughnuts then climbed on to the roof of his car to revel in the atmosphere.

"I was pretty excited," O'Keeffe said.

He said he'd had several dramas through the night - not with his car, but his sisters.

"We busted our guts to get sis going and she ended up in the fence," O'Keeffe said.

O'Keeffe's biggest personal problem on the night was starting from eighth in the final.

"I didn't think I would have a chance of getting to the front.

"Basically I just drove my own race," O'Keeffe said.

"I went out wide to find grip and drove around them.

"The car felt like it was on rails. It was great."

He said Queensland Street Sedan title holder Tim Atkin had a bit of bad luck in the final.

"I didn't see too much because I was concentrating on where I was going," he said.

"He had trouble, was stopped, and sent to the rear. Then somehow he ended up in the fence."

O'Keeffe said the win had given him a boost for the coming state titles.

"It has given me the confidence to be able to run in the top five or better," O'Keeffe said.

"We got a bit lucky on the weekend, but it's still a big confidence booster.

"It came just at the right time.

"Just like to thank Mum, all the crew and the guys from A1 Exhaust.

"I wouldn't have been able to do it with out them."

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