Bill Okell/Christopher Kelsall
Bill Okell had one of his better paydays on the Sports Car Club of America’s US Majors Tour, Western Conference series races this past weekend as he took two second place finishes in race number five and race number six, driving the San Francisco-based Huffaker Engineering’s Austin Healey MKIII.
Asked if he was surprised by his performance, Okell replied, “Yes, I was a bit surprised at the results. We had problems with the race car all weekend long with a plaguing engine miss that just would not get resolved. We through a lot of parts at the engine and its management system with little or no resolve, so come race day, we knew that we had a third or fourth place car. In the last race on Sunday, I ping-ponged from as low as fifth up to first and then back down again, as I spun out two times, but thankfully other drivers did the same, and when things cycled out, there I was in second place less than two seconds from first place, in which I needed another green flag lap or so to get the win, this was rewarding given the reality of what could have been, the real reality!”
Thunderhill Raceway Park, near Sacramento, California hosted the pair of races in the season long twelve race series, on the three mile and new five mile road course layout. The race results leave Okell moving into first place, coming from fifth, in the Western Conference point standings and nationally, in third place throughout North America, his best rankings so far after three years of competition in the US majors Tour. Next race will be in less than three week’s time at Buttonwillow Raceway, near Bakersfield, California.
Josh Reaume failed to make the field in last weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, near Fort worth . Reaume’s plans will remain a bit in the air as he moves from the Derek White Motorsports team to the Seig Motorsports, family run race team, where he will be preparing race cars and will be eventually racing, later on, within the next two months. We will keep you posted on his movements. Stay tuned