Photo: www.BillOkellmotorsport.com

Encountering broken brake lines, differential gears that break and lock up rear wheels are all part of racing, but not all in one weekend. Victoria race car driver Bill Okell had his hands full this past Saturday and Sunday at Weatherteck Speedway Laguna Seca Raceway park, near Monterey, California. The Sports Car Club of America’s, {SCCA} NASPORT racing series had a pair of races for the Vancouver Island driver who has competed with NASPORT over the last nine years and is the past champion. Overcoming a load of mechanical issues for his 1964 MGB, Okell captured two race class wins while setting the fastest time on the closing laps of the feature race, late Sunday afternoon.

Okell took his first checkered flag in the SCCA NASPORT racing series back in 2010, setting the track record in his first attempt at the 2.25 mile Laguna Seca road course, owned then by the county of the Monterey Bay area. The NASPORT series incorporates both a GT- 3 class of race car and also a GT-Lite based vehicle. Okell’s MGB is grouped in the NASPORT Lite class, and his track records remain intact at Laguna Seca, Thunderhill Raceway Park, near Sacramento, Sonoma Raceway Park, near Marin County, and finally U.S Auto Club Speedway, in East Los Angeles, California. His NASPORT Championships in the Lite category parallels his SCCA Western Conference U.S. Majors Tour title in 2017, for the cross-over GT-Lite Championship, which was his first title in this series, in four years of competition.

Okell returns to the SCCA’s Western Conference Championship, U.S. Majors Tour later on in June at Sonoma Raceway Park, near San Francisco for its final races in the 14 race series.

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