Christopher Kelsall/Bill Okell
The Sports Car Club of America, [SCCA] just concluded its seven-month-long U.S. Majors Hoosier Super Tour Western Conference Championship, 14 races at seven venues, throughout three states, California, Oregon and Washington. Victoria’s Bill Okell was the defending champion in the GT-L class, with two race wins in 2017 and two track records, but 2018, was a different story.
During the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference championship as he wound up in 8th place in the GT-L race class, although he did win one race setting a new track record at Bakersfield’s Buttonwillow Raceway Park, back at the end of May. He also finished in 10th place in the F-Production race class.
The two results qualify him for the SCCA’s National Championship Run-Offs being held October 15th to the 21st, 2018, at San Francisco’s, Sonoma Raceway. This will be Okell’s third appearance at the SCCA National Championships. His best finish a 10th place in F-Production, at Laguna Seca Raceway in 2014. He also competed in the 2017 National Championships at Indianapolis Motor Speedway racing in both F-Production where he finished in 22nd and also GT-L where he would wind up in 12th place. Okell is the only local driver to qualify for the Run-Offs this year.
The schedule for the 2018 SCCA National Championship at Sonoma Raceway, includes three full days of qualifying on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the first of 28 races to crown each champion, beginning on Friday morning. Okell’s GT-L race will be Friday afternoon, while his F-Production race will be late Saturday afternoon. Each race will be 20 laps in duration in the winner take all Run-Offs format.
From the beginning of his U.S. Majors Tour competition in 2014, Okell has raced for the San Francisco based Huffaker Engineering team competing in their MG Midgets and Austin Healey’s. He has competed over the last half decade, in half-decade32 SCCA Western Conference races with four race wins to his credit, three race track records at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, near Los Angeles, and one Western Conference, divisional championship, that last year.