Burrows and Hopwood Take 7th at Homestead Mini strong on tough track as late-race refuel prevents top-five HOMESTEAD, FL(14 March 2008)-- Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood drove the No. 198 Fischer Ski MINI Cooper S to a 7th place finish in ...
Burrows and Hopwood Take 7th at Homestead
Mini strong on tough track as late-race refuel prevents top-five
HOMESTEAD, FL(14 March 2008)-- Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood drove the No. 198 Fischer Ski MINI Cooper S to a 7th place finish in the Grand-Am Fan Appreciation 200 at Homestead Miami Speedway on Saturday to score their first top-ten result with RSR Motorsports since joining the team for the 2009 KONI Sports Car Challenge season.
Hopwood started the car from 17th on the grid, and shot like a cannon at the start, making the most of the MINI handling in the infield to grab positions by the handful and run in the top ten just minutes after the race start.
Nearing the middle point of the 2.5-hour race, Hopwood pitted for fuel and tires as Burrows took the controls. The well-timed yellow flag pit stop was also a speedy one from the RSR Motorsports crew, as Burrows returned to the field to fight in the top five. The strong run was slowed late in the race as Burrows ducked into the pits for a slash of fuel to make sure he had enough to finish. The stop sent him back to ninth, but the entry moved to 7th as round two of the 2009 KONI season was checkered.
"Considering the competition we are up against, we had targeted an 8th place finish this weekend so to go one spot better is great," said Burrows. "Obviously we want to be fighting for wins, but after the disappointment at Daytona, it's good to get a solid finish and some good points on a track that isn't the best for this Mini. Having to stop for fuel hurt us of course, but otherwise this was a great weekend. I know the RSR guys are working really hard on these cars, and we're looking forward to racing them on some natural terrain race courses like Lime Rock Park where we can make the most of how these MINIs handle. But it was great to get down here for a fun weekend in this weather, and we're looking forward to some more competitive outings
"I had so much fun at the start, making up so many spots like that," said Hopwood. "The car was just so strong in the infield it was almost easy. But obviously we weren't as good out on the oval. Congrats to Christian (Miller) and Randy (Pobst) on their win-it was great to see that battle with Tom (Long) there at the end. Hopefully we can be fighting with those guys at some of the upcoming tracks because we feel like this car has a lot of potential. But o come to this track and leave with a seventh place finish, that's even better than we hoped for so we'll take it. Thanks to the RSR guys for another great weekend, and now we got some points to go with it!"