Cadillac Racing’s Johnny O’Connell swept both race’s in the Pirelli World Challenge’s double header outing to Miller Motorsports Park this past weekend, putting an end to a string of poor finishes for the Cadillac camp.
O’Connell set himself up for success nicely by putting his No. 3 ATS-V.R on pole for the weekend’s first race. He rocketed to an early lead when the lights went out and never forfeited his position throughout the 26-lap sprint. He crossed the finish line 2.877 seconds ahead of JD Davison in his Nissan GT-R GT3 and 7. 451 seconds ahead of third place’s Bryan Heitkotter in his Nissan GT-R GT3.
The weekend’s second Pirelli World Challenge GT race saw O’Connell once again start from pole. He again took an early lead and led Davison into Turn 1 with Heitkotter also in tow. However Cadillac Racing’s Andy Pilgrim then began to put the pressure on Heitkotter, overtaking the Nissan early and holding him off to take third. O’Connell also easily held onto his lead until the finish, putting two Cadillac’s on the podium.
“This was a great points weekend,” O’Connell said following Sunday’s race. “We had a good car yesterday, but the guys at Cadillac Racing improved it even more and just made it a little easier to drive today. James Davison was all over me in his Nissan. He even tried flashing his lights at me late in the race, I just ignore that stuff. He is a great young talent. We are a fourth quarter team. We are going away from this weekend second in the points. Two good wins and a lot of points going into Sonoma in one week.”
The Pirelli World Challenge will head to California next weekend for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. O’Connell currently sits third in the GT class drivers’ standings with 1174 points. Second is Ferrari driver Olivier Beretta with 1305 points, and Ryan Dalziel currently leads the series with 1319 points.