Victoria race car driver Bill Okell got an A+ this past weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway, near Los Angeles. The Sports Car Club of America’s US Majors Hoosier Super Tour had Okell competing in a pair of races, driving an Austin Healey for San Francisco based Huffaker Engineering.
Okell won the GTL race on Saturday setting a new track record, lowering his own record that he set just 12 months ago here, and then backed up a Sunday performance with a second place finish.
The race weekend was a key turning point for Okell, as the Huffaker Engineering team changed the strategy and was the catalyst for the win on Saturday’s race. As Okell puts it, “We entered the weekend having an idea that we would be a third, or maybe a second-place car, on the lap sheets, and then Joe Huffaker approached me on Saturday morning with an idea to move things around, and that’s what we did, before you know it, we’re headed for the win”. At 63 years of age, the win meant a lot to Okell, especially how the team did such an outstanding effort to put a fast and competitive car under him.
This is his fifth year of competition on the SCCA’s US Majors Tour circuit, with 30 races under his belt, and two appearances at the SCCA Run-Offs. The victory gives Okell, his fourth career win on the US Majors circuit, plus also now qualifies him for the GTL race, for a second straight year in a row, at the SCCA National Championships, being held, here on the west coast at Sonoma Raceway, in mid-October.