Bill Okell/Christopher Kelsall

Victoria’s Bill Okell needed to put up some good, solid race finishes this past weekend, and he delivered the goods. The Sports Car Club of America’s U.S Major Tour for the Western Conference headed to northern California at Thunder Hill Raceway Park near Sacramento, for races five and six in the 12-race series and with poor finishes by Okell, back in the season opener at U.S Auto Club Speedway, in early January, the pressure was on.

Driving the San Francisco-based Huffaker Engineering teams Austin Healey, Okell answered with a pair of second-place finishes to stay alive in the hunt for a qualifying spot in this September’s SCCA National Championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He led Saturday afternoon’s GTL class race for the first 15 minutes before giving up the lead and the win to California’s Tim Lynne driving a VW Rabbit, while Sundays 35-minute race had team owner, San Francisco’s Joe Huffaker drive away from the field with his Mini Cooper. Okell needed badly to get back on track to not just finish but finish strong into the top three to make a dent in the point standings as the series heads back to southern California.

The next race is in three week’s time at Buttonwillow Raceway near Bakersfield, California April 29-30. This event will be a Hoosier Super Tour race with added bonus’ and incentives.