Bill OKell. Photo credit: Cali Photography. Car: 1992 built Austin Healey MK III

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Update from Bill Okell, January 31st, 2016:

“We took a pair of third place finishes at the two opening round races of the Western Conference Sports Car Club of America US Majors tour championship at Fontana, California’s Auto Club Speedway this past weekend.”

“I was driving the San Francisco-based Huffaker Engineering’s Healey MKIII, for both races. The next round for me will be in Sacramento, California’s Thunderhill Raceway park in early April.”

Article published January, 29th:

Victoria’s Bill Okell made his third US Majors season start on Friday morning on January 29th driving once again for the Huffaker Racing Team, based out of San Francisco, California.

Asked about his expectations for the weekend Okell said, “My expectations next weekend – because this is a new track for me – is to learn the course, be safe, bring the car back in one piece and finish both races in the top-three.

Bill OKell crossing finish line in 3rd. Photo credit: Cali Photography. Car: 1992 built Austin Healey MK III

While the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona opened the sports car racing season on the east coast of the United States, this weekend, was the Sports Car Club of America’s US Majors Tour that visits the west coast’s Auto Club Speedway near Los Angeles, California.

The Bay area team has built Okell a new Austin Healey for the 12-race long season that incorporates the Western Conference of the US Majors Tour. He has one tour win to his name in 10 race starts.

Okell plans on competing in the seven-month long series, with the national championships slated for mid-September at the Mid-Ohio race course. His best and only finish at the SCCA “Run-Offs” was back in 2014, at Laguna Seca, Monterey, California, where he finished in 10th place.

Photo credit: Cali Photography

Okell also has his sights on the Pacific Coast Road Racing Championships back at the Auto Club Speedway, come late October of this year.

“As for how I will race for the upcoming season preparing for the PCRRC, it will be to log in some good finishes, keep my car competitive and reliable so that we peak at the right time in late October. The key is to build ‘rhythm’ throughout the long season and to then carry the ‘momentum’ to the final race.”

Results to be posted soon.

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