Victoria race car driver Bill Okell returns to his roots this weekend as the SCCA NASPORT Series is on the card at Monterey, California’s Laguna Seca Raceway Park.
Okell will once again drive his MGB race car in the NASPORT Lite race, at a track where his lap record remains intact from way back in 2010. This will be the first outing for his 1964 MGB, since the Quaife sequential shift, 5-speed transmission broke at last summer’s B.C. Historic’s race at River’s Edge Raceway Park, just outside of Mission, B.C.
Okell has also been competing in the SCCA’s U.S. Majors Tour program driving the McKinney Motorsports Nissan 240SX, in selected events, his best finish, a second back in January at U.S. Auto Club Speedway.
It was just a short time back in April where the local auto racing community was awarding him with and an induction into the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame, with a 45-year-old British race car, that is still able to set track records throughout western North America. Okell has various NASPORT Lite titles to his name, along with other track records at U.S. Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, California plus Sonoma Raceway Park near San Francisco and Thunderhill Raceway Park, just outside of Sacramento.
He is hoping for a pair of good finishes, this Saturday and Sunday, that will be good enough to provide for him a berth in late October’s SCCA Pacific Coast Road Racing Championship at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, near Bakersfield, where he is the defending two-time NASPORT Lite Champion.