Saanich racer opens season with pair of third-place finishes

Bill Okell begins his third campaign in the U.S.-based Sports Car Club Western Championship

Saanich auto racer Bill Okell with Huffraker Engineering’s Healey MKIII

Bill Okell started his third campaign in the U.S.-based Sports Car Club Western Championship with a pair of third place finishes at California’s Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.

The Saanich resident and sports car specialist is now driving a Healey MKIII prepared by San Francisco’s Huffaker Engineering, a sponsor he competes for.

Okell’s next race is in April at Thunderhill Raceway park in Sacramento, Calif.

The 61-year-old Okell has his sights set on racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the autumn of 2017.

Okell finished third in the Western Conference of the tour in 2014 and  second this year, with his first ever U.S. Majors tour win at Buttonwillow Raceway near Los Angeles.

Okell also competes in the Sports Car Club of America’s Nasport Lite series where he took four first-place finishes last year driving his own 1964 MGB in Laguna Seca, San Francisco’s Sonoma Raceway Park and Ridge Motorsport Park in Washington state.

 

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