Burrows and Hopwood keep KONI points lead after Mosport battle royale (Bowmanville, ONT) 16 June 07--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood retained the lead in the Grand-Am KONI Challenge ST Class Championship with a second-place finish at Mosport ...
Burrows and Hopwood keep KONI points lead after Mosport battle royale
(Bowmanville, ONT) 16 June 07--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood retained the lead in the Grand-Am KONI Challenge ST Class Championship with a second-place finish at Mosport International Raceway on Sunday in the Turner Motorsport BMW 330i.
The two-and-a-half-hour KONI race was a dynamic one for the Canadian crowd, with thirteen lead changes including the final 120 mile-an-hour fender-banging last-lap exchange for the lead, which saw Hopwood put all his car control skills to use in one moment to bring the Turner Motorsport BMW 330i home safely in second place and atop the KONI championship points standings.
"I was able to hold him (race winner B. Johnson) off up until Turn 5 on the last lap and we came out of there side-by-side," Hopwood said. "We raced hard and came together and we both got sideways but Billy gathered it up better than I did and that closed the deal for him. We were right there and we definitely touched but it was just good, hard racing. No hard feelings."
The result marks the third podium appearance from the first six races of the 2007 KONI season for the impressive rookie paring as Burrows and Hopwood stay focused on keeping the Turner Motorsport championship tradition intact.
Despite not having raced at Mosport in several years, Burrows quickly acclimated himself to the 2.459-mile circuit once again, scoring second position in qualifying for yet another front-row spot on the grid. At the drop of the green, Burrows stayed with the lead pack, which quickly gapped the field. After biding his time, he took the lead on the twenty-second lap and established the largest lead of the race at the time as well as setting the quickest race lap up to that point.
"The car was perfect this weekend," said Burrows, who secured a Northeast Division SCCA championship in Spec Racer competition in his last visit to Mosport. "I had a couple moments out there where I had to recover from some, shall we say 'ambitious' driving from my fellow competitors, but it was a breeze for me because this BMW was so balanced, I could pick my spots. Trevor did another great job, and I just can't say enough about the Turner boys-it's no mystery why they are so successful."
Burrows then turned the car over to Hopwood under the first full-course caution period as the New Hampshire native rejoined in thirteenth. But just a few laps later, Hopwood was up to fourth, and was soon after staging a spirited battle for the lead with famed Brazilian road racer Pierre Kleinubing.
The last-lap battle with Johnson resulted in an even closer championship battle, with Burrows and Hopwood but one point ahead of the No. 76 machine.