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Burrows and Hopwood Look Ahead to Barber Motorsports Park LEEDS, AL (7 April 2010)--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood will be back in GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge action this weekend as the previous champions look to continue the...

Burrows and Hopwood Look Ahead to Barber Motorsports Park

LEEDS, AL (7 April 2010)--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood will be back in GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge action this weekend as the previous champions look to continue the growing momentum of the Kia Motorsports program with another strong outing in Saturday's Barber 250 at Barber Motorsports Park.

For a lot of teams this weekends race, which will feature races from the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Rolex Sports Car Series, and IZOD IndyCar Series, is just another event. But with Kinetic Motorsports based just a few hours away in Georgia, and with Kia having recently commenced operations just down the road at a new state of the art 2.2 million square-foot factory in West Point, Georgia, the Barber weekend marks a home race of sorts for many members of the organization.

The Barber event is just the third GRAND-AM race outing for the Kia program, which launched at Daytona International Speedway in January as Hopwood and Burrows brought the No. 12 Kia Motors/Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup its first race finish on its debut outing. The Homestead Miami Speedway round delivered another accomplishment for Kinetic Motorsports as both team entries took the checkered flag with Burrows and Hopwood leading the way with their run to 17th at the checkered flag.

Entering this weekends Barber 250, hopes are high for yet another race finish for the new Kia machines. And as the team continues to develop the new Koup, the hopes are also on the ascendency for the performance factors that the car can offer on the 2.3-mile 17-turn natural terrain road course, which has been described as the "Augusta of race tracks."

"We've all been really looking forward to the Barber weekend," said Burrows, who qualified on the second row for the 2009 event at the track. "I anticipate that the recent changes will help us make more progress with the car and having promoter test day on Wednesday is a great opportunity for us to try out the new parts. It is exciting to be involved in this program, particularly on a weekend like this where we are racing close to home for both Kinetic and Kia. We are looking forward to another productive weekend and we are definitely shooting for another checkered flag with the Forte."

The 2.5-hour event will see the Street Tuner (ST) class competitors also sharing the track with the Grand Sport (GS) class machines, making for a busy track as the field boast over 60 entires.

"I've been spending some extra time on the iRacing simulator so it will be fresh in my mind when we get down there," said Hopwood. "Ever since we left Homestead, Kinetic has been working non-stop to develop this Koup. The team has an incredible attention to detail. Of course it doesn't matter where you are racing, you always want to do well. But running so close to the Kia plant and to Kinetic's home base, there is a little extra motivation to do the guys proud. I just can't wait to get back into the car and get going!"

-source: sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Trevor Hopwood , Adam Burrows
Teams Kinetic Motorsports