Hopwood Leads First-Ever Laps for Kia at Lime Rock Park Burrows and Hopwood score best-ever LRP Result with run to fifth place Lakeville, CT (29 May 2010)--Just months after Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows made Kia Motorsport history with a race...
Hopwood Leads First-Ever Laps for Kia at Lime Rock Park
Burrows and Hopwood score best-ever LRP Result with run to fifth place
Lakeville, CT (29 May 2010)--Just months after Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows made Kia Motorsport history with a race finish in Kia's GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Daytona International Speedway, there was a new breakthrough on Saturday as Hopwood led the first laps in Kia history at Lime Rock Park with the No. 12 Kia Motors/Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup for Kinetic Motorsports.
Adding to the positive home race weekend was the race result after two and a half hours of racing. The two former champions came home fifth at the finish, the best result to date for Burrows and Hopwood in Continental Tire competition at Lime Rock Park and another improved best finish for the two with Kia power since joining Kinetic Motorsports factory Kia program.
The duo, who started the race from 11th on the grid, made the right call ahead of the race as changing conditions brought into doubt which Continental Tire would be best for the 1.5-mile circuit. Despite getting knocked off course early by a competitors over optimistic passing maneuver, Hopwood rallied to move up into top five in the early stages of the Street Tuner (ST)-only race. Hopwood's leap to the front of the pack came as he got a great launch off a corner and scythed into the lead heading into the confidence-required Downhill corner.
Turning the car over to Burrows on a mid-race yellow flag pit stop, Hopwood was all smiles as he took off his helmet.
"It was awesome to put the Kia up front, and even better to do it here at Lime Rock Park." said Hopwood. "We had a lot of Kia dealers here this weekend, so it was great to meet them and then go out and have such a strong run. Thanks to Lee and all the guys at Kinetic--the car was great under braking. And that was key because once you got in traffic, you had to make the most of what you had going into turn one if you wanted to move up. This was a great weekend, and I think should be strong again at Watkins Glen."
Burrows rejoined the race in 17th position and put the bit between his teeth, using his local knowledge to move up to take fifth at the finish.
The good finish was well-earned, but more hard work is ahead, as shown by Burrows going directly into a debrief with Kinetic Motorsports engineer Christian Rushforth immediately after getting out of the car.
"It's great to get our best finish here at Lime Rock Park, and to see Trevor up front with the Kia was very exciting for everyone involved with this program," said Burrows. "Kinetic continues to surprise even us with how much progress we are making, and having such a competitive car on our home track is a great feeling. It was great to meet the Kia dealers and Infinity Audio guests who came out to to the track this weekend. We were hoping to bring them a podium today, but this is still a great move forward with the Kia and I'm already eager to get to the Glen next weekend."