SCC: Lime Rock: Burrows, Hopwood preview

Burrows and Hopwood Back in Action at Lime Rock Park This Memorial Day Weekend Championship defense kicking off at home track LAKEVILLE, CT (22 May, 2008)--It has been over four months since the checkered flag flew on the first race of the...

Burrows and Hopwood Back in Action at Lime Rock Park This Memorial Day Weekend

Championship defense kicking off at home track

LAKEVILLE, CT (22 May, 2008)--It has been over four months since the checkered flag flew on the first race of the 2008 Grand-Am KONI Challenge season at Daytona International. But after a long break, the remainder of the ten-race season kicks into high gear this weekend as Canton, Connecticut's Adam Burrows and Lee, New Hampshire's Trevor Hopwood look to defend their 2007 ST Class Championship with a strong run at Lime Rock Park.

Despite having to accept a ninth place finish after a penalty-compromised race at Daytona in January, Burrows and Hopwood are looking to use that result as a building block on a strong sophomore season as they return to the cockpit of the No. 74 Fischer Skis/Compass360 Racing Acura TSX this weekend at a track both drivers call "home."

Burrows took the ST class pole at Lime Rock Park in 2007, as the Memorial Day Weekend event marks the pairs' second race in front-wheel drive machinery, a new challenge that both adapted to with alacrity in Daytona.

Besides just having a strong team behind them with Compass360 Racing and extensive experience on the 1.53-mile circuit, the two are also relishing the chance to race against the remarkably high level of competition the ST Class has attracted, with 49 different car and driver entries slated to share the quick confines of the Northwest Connecticut facility in Saturday afternoon's two and a half hour enduro.

"Lime Rock Park is a special track for both of us, and maybe more importantly, it's a place where we are both fast," said Hopwood, who made his ST Class competition debut at Lime Rock Park in 2005. "I can't tell you how long I've been coming to Lime Rock Park for Memorial Day weekend, so obviously it'd be special to win here, especially with so many friends and family around for the weekend. But we know we have to keep the championship in mind, and with so many cars out there, hopefully we can avoid any problems with guys making bad decisions and can come home with some solid points."

The race weekend marks the first of three race meetings in the next month for the KONI Challenge Series as it jumps up a gear with visits to Lime Rock Park, Mosport International, and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Lime Rock Park race weekend will be the last event for the facility with its current pavement, as the track is slated for a new layer of blacktop as well as extensive course revisions.

"We are really excited to get back to racing finally after this long layoff," said Burrows, who has been busy with an intensified physical training regimen. "It is kind of neat that this weekend is the last race ever for the "classic" Lime Rock Park layout, and you can bet everyone is going to be that much more motivated to take the win this weekend. Trevor and I have had some great races against each other at Lime Rock in junior categories, and we'd love nothing more than to take a win here in KONI Challenge together as teammates."

"Daytona taught us a lot, and we've been on the phone with (Compass360 Racing --Team Manager) Ray Lee nearly every day just to keep up with everything the guys at the shop have been doing since Daytona, and thinking about our strategy, so we are anxious to get back into the Acura and get going this weekend."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Adam Burrows
Teams Compass360 Racing