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.

 

Just Posted

Kiwanis’ Willows Tea Room celebrates 70 years

May 25 event features cake cutting and heritage walk to celebrate piece of Oak Bay history

Hundreds rally in support of horse carriages outside Victoria City Hall

Crowd angry with Coun. Ben Isitt’s motion to ban local horse carriage industry

New virgin queen headlines ‘Bee Day’ at Saanich sanctuary

Taste bee spit and check out the hive at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary this Sunday

Rifflandia Festival cancelled for 2019

Early Bird tickets can be refunded at point of purchase, or held and redeemed for 2020

Five-month bridge closure poses early impacts on drivers during rush hour

Construction began Tuesday on the crossing commonly known as the Bay Street bridge

VIDEO: Canadian, U.S. Coast guards run oil spill response drills

20 vessels were on the water to practice international response methods

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses review around ferry workers’ right to strike

B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union collective agreement expires November 2020

Young Victoria distillery earns prestigious Scotch awards

Scottish influences range from techniques to ‘kilted tours’ at award-winning business

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Brewpub offers ‘boat valet’ for paddlers during Surfrider celebration tonight

Free ‘Surf Formal’ evening features a local art auction, door prizes, live music

Most Read