Okell drives MG to third in U.S. race series

Saanich West resident in first races since he finished 10th overall at the Sports Car Club’s national championship in October.

Auto racing enthusiast Bill Okell is back at it for the 2015 Sports Car Club of America’s Western Championship season beginning with a pair of third place finishes on April 11 and 12 at Thunder HIll Raceway Park in Sacramento, Calif.

It was the first race weekend for the Saanich West resident since he finished 10th overall at the Sports Car Club’s national championship in October.

The next stop in the series Western Championship series is Button Willow in Sacramento, May 1 and 2. Okell will race as many of the 12 Western Championship races as he can to qualify fifth or better, for a berth in the 2015 National Championships, which are at Daytona in late September.

In recent years Okell has moved away from the B.C. sports car series based in Mission for the bigger and better races of the Nasport Lite, which he’ll return to later this season with his race ready 1964 MGB. He’s now in his second campaign in the U.S. based Sports Car Club Western Championship, in which he drives a an MG Midget from prepared by San Francisco’s Huffaker Engineering. Okell and Joe Huffaker, the owner and teammate, have partnered on upgrades for the MG since he first drove it last year. Huffaker also drives an MG Midget, and finished first and second at Thunder Hill.

reporter@saanichnews.com

 

Just Posted

Police incident near Victoria synagogue backs up traffic

VicPD is on the scene near Blanshard and Pandora

Night construction means closures for Interurban Road

Traffic interruptions at Interurban Road near Wilkinson Road from Dec. 9 to 20

Trees topped, greenery snatched from Saanich park

‘If everyone took one thing, there’d be nothing left,’ says president of park society

320 years since the ‘Big One’ doesn’t mean it’s overdue: Canada Research Chair

‘It could happen today, tomorrow or 100 years from now’

Decision on Victoria’s bid for 2022 Invictus Games expected next month

Greater Victoria is competing against Germany’s Düsseldorf to host the games

‘Kind of lacking:’ Injured Bronco wonders why Canada won’t fund spinal surgery

“I think if Canada can step in and advance this program”

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

In surprise move, defence won’t call witnesses for accused in Abbotsford school killing

‘Change of instructions’ results in defence closing case without calling evidence

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

74% of 911 calls are from cellphones, so know your location: E-Comm

Cell tower triangulation generally only narrows location down to the block someone is calling from

No negligence in RCMP actions in B.C. teen’s overdose death: Watchdog

Police acted properly when they responded to the first reports of the boy being in distress

Would you leave your baby alone to go to the gym? This Canadian dad did

The man identifies just as a divorced dad with a nine-month-old baby

B.C. coroner asking for help identifying man found dead in Peace region

Mounties have deemed the man’s death not suspicious and believe he died earlier this year

Lawyer competence includes knowledge of Indigenous-Crown history: B.C. law society

All practising lawyers in B.C. will be required to take a six-hour online course covering these areas

Most Read