SCC: Birmingham: Burrows, Hopwood qualifying notes

Burrows Takes 4th in Qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park; ST Race set for SPEED Broadcast on July 25 (12:00 PM ET) Birmingham, AL (18 July 09)--Adam Burrows set a fast lap time of 1:42.709 in the No. 198 RSR Motorsports -prepared Fischer Skis...

Burrows Takes 4th in Qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park; ST Race set for SPEED Broadcast on July 25 (12:00 PM ET)

Birmingham, AL (18 July 09)--Adam Burrows set a fast lap time of 1:42.709 in the No. 198 RSR Motorsports -prepared Fischer Skis MINI Cooper to score fourth on the grid for Saturday's Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Legacy Credit Union 200 at Barber Motorsports Park.

The result was a welcome one for the team, which made full use of the promoter test day on Thursday, as well as some of the track expertise from teammate Owen Trinkler (who coaches at the track's Porsche Driving School) to work through a range of set-up options for the three-car team campaign. While the Alabama weekend has proven milder than it has historically been during the July event, temperatures are still in the upper 80's, contributing to a slick racing surface that put grip at a premium.

The conditions meant that it was go-time right from the drop of the green flag, as once the early times were set, the track slowed considerably through the 15-minute session.

"I knew I had pretty much just one magic lap to get the best time out of the car," said Burrows as he received congratulations from team owner Randy Smalley after the session. "I tucked in behind one of the turbo VW's and just laid a quick one down. I think the race is going to be interesting and tire wear will likely turn out to be a big factor so we will see how it plays out. We've tried several new things on this MINI and learned quite a bit, but it's meant a good bit of work for the RSR guys, so a big thanks goes to them and hopefully we can go one spot better in the race."

The two-and-a-half hour ST race is scheduled for a 2:50 PM start time on Saturday.

-credit: sgm

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Grand-Am
Drivers Owen Trinkler , Adam Burrows , Randy Smalley