GTU, Pirelli racing seasons winding down for local drivers

Bill Okell and Dave Cormier win respective sports car series' titles in Sonoma, Calif.

Dave Cormier drove his factory set Porsche race car to his 100th race win this season. Cormier won three separate race championships this year.

Local sport car enthusiast Bill Okell won his second Nasport Light championship in California. Okell ran his modified MGB to first overall in the grand touring race at Infineon Raceway (San Francisco) on Sunday.

Since last season Okell and team have committed to two racing series, adding the the Nasport Light series to the B.C. Sports Car Club’s domestic GT series at Mission Raceway Park.

Thanksgiving weekend is the final two of the 10-race championship.

Okell hopes to win his class but is three points back of the leader, Rich Fukuyi. Okell needs to beat Fukuyi by at least three positions over the weekend.

Saanichton’s Ian Mackie is fourth in the standings with his Datsun 510 and could move up to third.

Another local driver, North Saanich’s Dave Cormier, also won at Infineon Raceway last week. Cormier won the 2011 Porsche Pirelli Cup in his 2008 Porsche Cup Car (factory prepped for racing).

The Porsche Pirelli Cup is a semi-pro race series. Cormier won two races on Oct. 1 and 2, clinching the Porsche Pirelli series’ title. It’s Cormier’s third championship this season, having already won the Oregon SCCA Super Production and PCA 1 titles.


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