Victoria area drivers racing in Southern California this weekend
Bill Okell/Christopher Kelsall
This weekend’s Sports Car Club of America’s US Majors, Hoosier Super Tour race is a big one for several local drivers. For Bill Okell, Gavin Aitkin and former local resident, Mitch Egner, a pair good race finishes at Button Willow Raceway Park, just outside of Bakersfield, California would punch their tickets for a spot in this September’s SCCA National Championship at the Brickyard, Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Okell will race his San Francisco-based Austin Healey while Aitken and Egner will compete in open wheel cars in the Formula “C” race.
West Kelowna’s new resident, Egner has two race wins to his credit this year at the lead-off event at U.S. Auto Club Speedway in Northern Los Angeles, in early January, and currently, sits in eighth place in the Western Conference point standings. Egner drives a 1996 Van Diemen in the Formula C race series; he formerly resided in Saanich up until late 2016.
Okell has a second and third place for his efforts just three weeks ago at Sacramento’s Thunder Hill Raceway Park coupled with a pair of fourth placings at U.S. Auto Club Speedway in January. He currently sits in seventh place in the Western Conference F-Production series and is 3rd in the GT Lite standings as this weekend represents races #7 and #8 in the 12-race Western Conference Championship.
Aitken’s bests are is a pair of ninth place finishes, as he also races a Van Diemen in the Formula C Championship and has a tenth and a 12th place finish at U.S. Auto Club Speedway and Willow Springs Raceway Park, near Stockton, California. Aitken is in 11th place in the Formula C Championship.
Both Okell and Aitken have some history at the U.S. National Championships. The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca race track was the venue for the 2014 SCCA Runoffs, as they are nicknamed. Okell started the F-production race in 16th, driving the Huffaker Engineering’s MG Midget, and would finish in 10th place, while Aitken started the Formula C race in 21st and finished in 20th place.