Saanich sports car driver Bill Okell had a moment of deja vu as he prepared to line up for the main event on Sunday May 15 at Portland International Raceway.
With his clutch failing and his starter not working properly, Okell barely put his car on the track for the Sports Car Club of America US Majors Hoosiers Super Tour event, a situation not unlike his experience at the Button. Willow Raceway in California in February, when he managed to win despite mechanical problems.
Even with these issues – not to mention the rain tires when the wet track started to dry out at the start of the race – he managed to finish second in the F Production class and improve his position from 10th to third overall in the circuit.
“It’s like damage control, survival of the fittest there,” he said. “It was definitely a challenge, but it’s not like I’ve never been here before… To still be able to salvage a second was pretty good.”
Okell was coming off a victory in yesterday’s sprint race that gave him four straight wins, a streak that began last August in Denver and continued with a pair of victories at Button Willow this year.
With the Super Tour having completed its West Coast schedule for the season, Okell plans to contest the Nasport Series at WeatherTech Raceway in Laguna Seca this summer and qualify for the American Road Race of Champions, scheduled later this year at the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Georgia.
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