Leigh Urquhart

A classic weekend of sports car racing ended Sunday at Auto Club Speedway Former California Speedway, Fontana California, billed as the Pacific Coast Road Racing Championships – an event for all SCCA classes, This weekend saw over 100 racers competing in 7 different race groups, in both open wheel and closed wheel categories, on the 2.88 mile combined road course/oval.

Two Victoria drivers. Bill Okell and Gavin Aitken made the long 22-hour tow to compete against predominantly  California and Nevada drivers. A third B.C driver Mitch Aitken traveled from Kelowna.

Bill Okell finished 14th overall in his 22 car field, and first in the Nasport Lite class, in his 1964 MGB roadster. Okell , who missed the qualifying race fought his way from the back of the field in the feature to be rewarded the class champion trophy.

In the open wheel single seater race, Kelowna’s  Mith Egner finished second overall and second in class in his F2000 About F2000  and  Victoria’s Gavin Aitken placed third overall and 3rd in class in the 16 car grid, also driving a F2000.

Notes:  The Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) is among the most modern circuits in America and has the distinction of holding the world closed-circuit speed record( Gil de Ferran), with an average lap speed of more than 240mph back in the heyday of the CART Champ Cars.

Sadly in 1999, we saw the circuit’s first fatality, when CART star Greg Moore crashed along the backstretch of the track during the Marlboro 500.

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