Strong GS Debut for Burrows and Hopwood With Kinetic Motorsports @KONI ST Champions fast before luck runs out at Lime Rock Park LAKEVILLE, CT (25 May, 2008)-- Adam Burrows got his KONI Challenge GS Class race debut off to a fast start on...
Strong GS Debut for Burrows and Hopwood With Kinetic Motorsports @KONI ST Champions fast before luck runs out at Lime Rock Park
LAKEVILLE, CT (25 May, 2008)-- Adam Burrows got his KONI Challenge GS Class race debut off to a fast start on Monday at Lime Rock Park, moving up firmly into the top ten from the fifteenth starting position as he clicked off a fast forty opening laps in the No. 80 Shock Doctor BMW M3 fielded by Kinetic Motorsports, setting faster lap times than some of the established names in the series despite it being just his first GS class start.
Unfortunately, that string of fast lap times and great race pace was thwarted when a competitor made an abrupt move onto the racing circuit as he traveled at low speed while rejoining the field from the pits and making contact with the 2007 KONI Challenge ST Champion. The move caused contact and forced Burrows in for an unplanned pit stop to repair a flat tire as he turned the machine over to Hopwood.
Much as he did on Saturday's ST Class event, Hopwood took to the track with nearly a full field ahead of him as he rejoined in 31st position in the 34-car field. Unfortunately, the green flag pit stop set the effort back two laps from the leader on the ultra-fast track, setting up a frustrating end to his charge as Hopwood moved up to 21st before running out of laps and catching the checkered flag.
"Kinetic Motorsports gave us a great car all weekend, and I'm just frustrated that we weren't able to turn that into a good finish for them this weekend with the Shock Doctor BMW," said Burrows. "I was really happy with the times that we were setting and I was just getting more and more comfortable with the car. Trevor drove the wheels off it at the end, but we just had too much ground to make up.
"For our first time out in GS, this was a great way to put our toe in the water and see what this was all about" said Burrows, whose fastest lap of the race was less than half a second off the fastest time set during the race. "It's some really tough competition but we were right in the thick of it, so hopefully we get another opportunity like Kinetic provided for us this weekend."
Hopwood put in a long stint to take it to the finish, collecting nearly an hour and a half behind the wheel as he kicked off his summer racing season with a great workout behind the wheel of the Shock Doctor machine.
"The car was pretty loose before we got new tires on there, but the brakes were awesome, and I was having a lot of fun out there," said Hopwood. "At the end, I was just tying to stay out of peoples way because I wasn't on the lead lap and I didn't want to get in the middle anyone's battle even though the car was really fast at the end."
The other two GS entries in the Kinetic Motorsports stable also didn't get the results that their race pace showed them to be capable of, as the No. 79 of Chapman Ducote and Nic Jonsson finished in 24th after suffering a puncture and being forced a lap down, as the Rafeal Betances/Russell Smith No. 87 RBR Construction Kinetic BMW came home in 26th.
Saturday's ST Class race also saw Kinetic Motorsports racers Lee Davis and Russell Smith team for a huge move forward after the Kinetic crew staged a last-minute motorchange, but finished the work in time for the race start as the two moved up from 45th on the grid to finish 23rd. No. 33 BMW 330i
"We showed a lot of potential and our cars were fast this weekend, but we just didn't have any luck with our cars today," said Nic Jonsson. "Adam did a great job and he and Trevor probably would have had a really good result but there just wasn't anything Adam could do there. Hopefully we'll have some better luck at Mosport."
-credit: burrows, hopwood/sgm