Tire Troubles at Trois Rivieres for Burrows and Hopwood; Race-win defense goes 'pop' late in the race.... Trois Rivieres, Que (15 August 2009)--With a concrete-lined lap that's both challenging and rewarding, a large and passionate crowd on...
Tire Troubles at Trois Rivieres for Burrows and Hopwood; Race-win defense goes 'pop' late in the race....
Trois Rivieres, Que (15 August 2009)--With a concrete-lined lap that's both challenging and rewarding, a large and passionate crowd on hand, and an impressive record of success on the track, Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows love racing at Trois Rivieres. And after winning the 2008 event on their way to taking second place in the KONI Challenge Championship, the two were looking forward to round nine of the 2009 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge and the Grand Prix du Trois Rivieres in Quebec.
Having qualified the No. 198 RSR Motorsports -prepared Fischer Skis MINI Cooper fifth on the ST Class grid, Burrows took the green flag from behind the wheel for a quick opening stint before turning the controls over to Hopwood, who returned to the track in 15th position.
The New Hampshire resident was making steady forward progress through the field as he moved up into the top ten and was looking for even more. But that move to the front was halted as a tire deflated at speed, sending Hopwood into the wall and cruelly ending the day for the Mini on the penultimate lap of the ninety minute race.
"I turned into the corner, and just as I went back to power I heard a big 'pop!' and the car went right into the wall," said Hopwood. "Unfortunately it happened right after the tire barrier there so the car went right into the concrete and it had a lot of damage. It was a hard hit, but I'm ok. It is frustrating because I'd been just saving my brakes for a charge at the finish and had started to just click off (laps in the one-minute) sixteens to do that."
The late-race incident put a damper on what had otherwise been a strong day for RSR Motorsports, as the sister team entry qualified on pole and convincingly led the opening stages of the race. But despite the contact, the No. 198 garnered a fourth top-ten from the last five races as the machine was classified 8th at the checkered flag.
"It's great that Trevor is ok but this was certainly not how we wanted the day to end," said Burrows. "We were really hoping that this was going to be the weekend to get this Mini up on the podium for the RSR guys, especially since Frankie was back with us this weekend after missing a few races. So it was a disappointing outcome given how much promise we felt like the race held. But now we'll focus on a strong close to the season at Miller and VIR."