(Photo: Bill Okell took the GT-Lite Western Conference Championship by a single point, with his crew chief Joe Carr holding the checkered flag on the victory lap at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Photo Credit: John Burchardt.)

Note in this truncated version of the original press release by the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour, Victoria’s own Bill Okell is being acknowledged for his for his performances during the 2017 season.

The 2017 Western Conference SCCA U.S. Majors Tour® is in the books. Nearly 400 drivers competed in the Western Conference’s 12- round season that took place at six venues covering 1,100 miles from Southern California to Seattle. The reward: a Western Conference Championship. A few championships were claimed by the smallest of margins. The GT-Lite conference championship was decided by a single point and went to Bill Okell, driving an Austin Healey Sprite, over John Bower in his Nissan Sentra. In E Production, Glen McCready, driving a Mazda MX-5, earned the top spot by only two points over Aaron Downey in an RX-3 Mazda. Downey had more wins during the season, but a DNS Saturday at Buttonwillow Raceway Park likely cost him the EP Western Conference Championship

The Western Conference began its 12-round schedule in January with Round One and Round Two east of Los Angeles at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. In February, Round Three and Round Four took place north of Los Angeles at Willow Springs International Raceway in an event that was part of the 2017 Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour. April saw two events, the first being Round Five and Round Six at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California, followed by a second Hoosier SCCA Super Tour weekend at California’s Buttonwillow Raceway Park. The Western Conference then headed north for a third Hoosier Super Tour challenge at Portland International Raceway in Oregon before wrapping up the season in June with Round Eleven and Round Twelve at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington.

Below are Western Conference Champions with Class:

Name, Hometown and Car.

• American Sedan®: Kevin Smith; Hillsboro, OR; Pontiac Firebird
• B-Spec: Cherie Storms; Langley, BC; Mazda 2
• E Production: Glen McCready; Redwood City, CA; Mazda MX-5
• F Production: Ray Meister; Oakland, CA; MG Midget
• H Production: Jason Isley; Coto de Caza, CA; Toyota Yaris
• Formula 1000: Gary Hickman; Santee, CA; Phoenix F1000
• Formula Atlantic: Edward Lever; Bakersfield, CA; Swift 014a
• Formula Continental®: Robert Armington; El Dorado Hills, CA; Van Diemen RF00
• Formula 500: Jeff Jorgenson; San Francisco, CA; Maverick MV002
• Formula Enterprises: Brandon Aleckson; Campbell, CA; Van Diemen FE Mazda
• Formula F: Rick Payne; Mission, BC; Van Diemen/ Honda
• Formula Mazda: Larry Mason; Burbank, CA; Star Mazda
• Formula Vee®: Charles Turner; Mission Viejo, CA; Vortech 01
• GT-1: Tim Adolphson; Gig Harbor, WA; Chevrolet Impala SS • GT-2: Taz Harvey; Danville, CA; Mazda RX-8
• GT-3: Collin Jackson; Langley, BC; Nissan 240SX
• GT-Lite: Bill Okell; Victoria, BC; Austin Healey Sprite
• Prototype 1: Jim Devenport; Modesto, CA; Norma M20FC
• Prototype 2: Tim Day Jr.; Scottsdale, AZ; Stohr WF1
• Spec Miata: Tristan Littlehale; Saratoga, CA; Mazda Miata
• Spec Racer Ford: Douglas Stewart; Northridge, CA; Spec Racer Ford
• Spec Racer Ford 3: John Black; Olympic Valley, CA; Spec Racer Ford Gen3
• Super Touring® Lite: Thomas Lepper; Benicia, CA; Honda Civic
• Super Touring® Under: Ian Barberi; Pleasanton, CA; BMW M3
• Touring 1: Marc Hoover; Shingle Springs, CA; Mazda Miata MX5
• Touring 2: Christopher Qualls; West Los Angeles, CA; Chevrolet Corvette
• Touring 3: Andrew Newell; Bellevue, WA; BMW 330CI
• Touring 4: Derrick Ambrose; Brush Prairie, WA; Mazda 3

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