SCC: Burrows, Hopwood to miss Laguna Seca

Burrows and Hopwood Focused on Home Race at Lime Rock Park RSR Motorsports MINI looking for home-state success Lakeville, CT (12 May 2009)--With a racing season that is comprised of thousands of miles, countless corners, and millions of ...

Burrows and Hopwood Focused on Home Race at Lime Rock Park
RSR Motorsports MINI looking for home-state success

Lakeville, CT (12 May 2009)--With a racing season that is comprised of thousands of miles, countless corners, and millions of little decisions, 2007 KONI Challenge Champions Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood can spot a good decision from miles away.

So the two are fully behind the call to have RSR Motorsports forgo this weekend's Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Verizon Festival of Speed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in order to concentrate the effort on round 5 of the 2009 championship and scoring well with the No. 198 Fischer Skis MINI Cooper S during the Memorial Day event at Lime Rock Park.

Lime Rock Park is the home track for the duo, as Burrows previously lived in the Lime Rock Park neighborhood and Hopwood hails from down the road in New Hampshire. But success in the home event isn't just sought after by the drivers. The Memorial Day event is also one that RSR Motorsports, which is based in Arizona but operates out of Oxford, Connecticut, considers highly important.

And with some 3,074 miles separating the two tracks, and but seven days between the races, the move to target the home race at Lime Rock Park was an easy one.

"When we looked ahead to this season, we all knew that we wanted to show well at Lime Rock and the best way to put ourselves in a position to do that is to completely focus on that race," said Hopwood. "Randy (Smalley) and RSR Motorsports have created a great opportunity for us this year, and we really want to pay that back with a podium finish and hopefully that can come at home."

While Burrows and Hopwood relish the experience on offer at Laguna, where the two started from the front row and combined for a 6th place finish on their way to the championship in 2007, the Monterey peninsula facility will have to wait until next time, as the two gear up for a run in front of loads of friends and family at LRP. Burrows took pole at the track in 2007, and the two combined for an impressive GS Class debut at the Connecticut bullring in 2008.

"We were really encouraged by how well we ran in New Jersey," said Burrows, who helped generate some TV time by charging to the front at the start. "And even though things didn't end up the way we had hoped they would, the performance really has us optimistic about Lime Rock. I've been on my bike training everyday and just can't wait to get some laps in the MINI and make the most of how well we expect it to handle there."

-credit: sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Trevor Hopwood , Adam Burrows