The Sports Car Club of America, [SCCA] just concluded its seven months long U.S. Majors Hoosier Super Tour Western Conference Championship, 14 races at seven venues, throughout three states, which included California, Oregon, and Washington. Victoria’s Bill Okell was the defending champion in the GT-L Class, with two race wins last year and two track records, but 2018, was a different story.
He wound up in eighth place in the GT-L race class, winning one race and 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 in mid-October 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.
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 a total of 32 races in 16 weekends with four race wins to his credit and one divisional championship, that last year.
Okell also managed to get in a tune-up race this past weekend at Mission’s, River’s Edge Raceway Park where the Confederation of Autosport Car Clubs,[CACC} held race #5 in their six-race season. He drove the R & P Motorsports, Honda Civic Si to three wins in the GT-2 race class under the distraction of inclement weather all weekend long. The last time he raced over in Mission was a month ago when he was invited to compete in the B.C. Historic race where the plan at that time was to race his MGB, but a broken first motion shaft in his sequential shift transmission, broke a gear tooth, sidelining the car for the weekend.