The last day of National Championship sports car racing has completed and the 1000 competitors who have prepared for this the past year are heading home from Indianapolis. The Sunday race for GT-Lite cars was won by Christopher Bovis ( Kansas), driving a Honda CRX. Victoria’s Bill OKell started 17th out of 26 starters and held on to move up to 12th, his second-best finish in two attempts at the SCCA Run-offs. The 19 lap race ran without full course cautions although several cars retired for mechanical issues or spins. OKell was happy to bring his Huffaker prepared Austin Healey Sprite to the chequered flag without any damage, while advancing 5 positions to 12th place. The GT – Lite race featured modern era cars such as the Mazda Miata, Honda CRX, back to 1960 era cars such as the Triumph Spitfire and MG Midget – all fully prepared to run competitively. See notes below. The 2018 SCCA Run-offs will come back to the West coast at Mazda’s Laguna Seca Raceway, California and Okell to attempt to break into the top ten again in the National Championships. See Laguna Seca
See attached photos from the Indy road course.
GT cars are purpose-built, highly modified “silhouette” replicas of series-produced sports sedans. GT cars are permitted tube-frame chassis with performance being equalized by allowing cars with smaller engines to compete at a lighter weight. GT-1 cars are the fastest of the category, and are the closest to the SCCA Pro Racing® Trans-Am® Series. Several of the current front-running cars in GT-1 are last year’s Trans-Am cars, and many of these GT-1 drivers compete in select Trans-Am events throughout the season. GT-2, GT-3 and GT Lite cars get progressively lighter and less powerful. Cars include Toyota Celicas, Mazda RX-7s, Nissan 200SX, Honda Civics and Austin Mini Coopers, just to name a few.