The Sports Car Club of America’s, U.S. Majors Hoosier Super Tour resumes this weekend in Southern California at a favorite track for Victoria’s Bill Okell. The 2017 Western Conference GTL champion has two wins at Button Willow Raceway Park, located near Bakersfield, California and last year’s win, came also with a track record.
This coming weekend are race numbers seven and eight in the Western Conference Championship. The series visits three states, California, Oregon and Washington and consists of 14 races altogether. Okell will once again be driving for the San Francisco-based Huffaker Engineering and will race their Austin-Healey MKIII in the GTL race group where the point standings currently have Okell in fourth place. Practice and qualifying are slated for this Friday while the first of two races take place Saturday with the second coming Sunday morning. The weather looks to be hot and dry in the desert area around the Lerdo highway, just north of Los Angeles by 200 kilometres.
Okell, started the season off back in January, near Los Angeles, California at U.S. Auto Club Speedway, for the 2018 Western Conference season opener, where he raced Huffaker’s Austin Healey MKIII to a third place and a second place finish in the GTL race. He put the weekend in perspective, “we definitely had a second-place car all weekend and on Sunday’s race, I gave up a position to San Diego driver Craig Carter, under a yellow flag, and we should have beat him, finishing third to him just sucks”.
Okell is hoping to qualify once again for the SCCA’s National Championships, which will be held this year at Huffaker Engineering’s home track, at Sonoma Raceway, near San Francisco. The Victoria driver’s best finish at the Runoffs was a 10th place at LagunSeca, Mazda Raceway, near Monterey, California in 2014. Okell made a visit last year to hallowed ground racing for an SCCA National championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway back in late October finishing 12th in the GTL race and 22nd in the F-Production race.