Hopwood powers to the podium in Trois Rivieres Mammoth recovery after setback in early laps (Trois Rivieres, Que) 18 August 07-- Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood held on to the Grand-Am KONI Challenge ST Class points lead after finishing third in...
Hopwood powers to the podium in Trois Rivieres
Mammoth recovery after setback in early laps
(Trois Rivieres, Que) 18 August 07-- Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood held on to the Grand-Am KONI Challenge ST Class points lead after finishing third in the Grand Prix du Trois Rivieres on Saturday despite falling nearly to last place early in the two hour race. The event's second-place finishers reduced the championship lead that Burrows and Hopwood enjoyed by two points, leaving the impressive rookies with a four point advantage with two rounds remaining.
"We were obviously hoping to grow our lead here this weekend, but after how this race started for us we're happy to at least hold onto the top spot," said Hopwood. "I think we might have been too conservative at the end, we probably would have had something for them at the end but that's racing. I have to thank Turner for giving us a great car. We knew this was going to be a bit of a survival race and it was great how the Stoptech brakes held up for us all the way to the end."
The race weekend marks the thirty-eighth staging of the Trois Rivieres spectacular, which boasts a passionate and numerous crowd following which was treated to an all-green flag two hour ST race. The Trois Rivieres event was the debut street race for both Burrows and Hopwood, who have taken five podium results thus far in an impressive rookie KONI campaign.
The race got off to a difficult start as Burrows took the start from the seventh row, but before he could settle into a race pace, had to pit and turn the car over to Hopwood.
"My window net wouldn't stay up, so I had to come in to avoid getting a black flag and to get that sorted," said Burrows. "That put us in a pretty difficult position early on, but Don Salama and Will Turner gave us some great advice before the race and Trevor did a great job moving all the way back up the order like he did. We were hoping to give ourselves a little more breathing room in the championship, but it is still good to get on the podium again and get as many points as possible. This is a great event and now we are looking forward to enjoying the rest of the weekend and watching Don and Will in the GS race tomorrow afternoon."
Two rounds remain in the 2007 KONI Challenge season, with the next round set for Miller Motorsports Park in mid-September before closing out at VIR in October with a six hour finale.
-credit: Sunday Group Management/Burrows Hopwood