SCC: Utah: Burrows, Hopwood race notes

Burrows and Hopwood Lead Acura at Miller; Defending KONI champions have 4400 reasons to look forward to VIR Finale Tooele, UT (21 September, 2008)-- After taking third on the ST class grid in qualifying on Saturday morning, Trevor Hopwood...

Burrows and Hopwood Lead Acura at Miller; Defending KONI champions have 4400 reasons to look forward to VIR Finale

Tooele, UT (21 September, 2008)-- After taking third on the ST class grid in qualifying on Saturday morning, Trevor Hopwood wondered aloud if the rest of the turbocharged entries hadn't made full use of their advantage in qualifying.

As the field charged into turn one on lap one of Sunday's Grand-Am KONI Challenge race at Miller Motorsports Park, he got his answer as a flock of forced-induction machines took advantage of the 4400 foot altitude to swarm the defending KONI Challenge Champions' No. 76 Fischer Skis Compass360 Racing Acura TSX. But Hopwood fought back and kept the car in the top five through the first half of the two hour and thirty-minute race before turning the car over to fellow Champion Adam Burrows.

Burrows retook to the field on the 4.468-mile track 45th in the overall order and proceeded to make his way back towards the front, closing out the race sixth in the ST class results as the two scored the highest finish of all six Acura entries in the Utah event. But the high altitude setting proved to be too much to overcome as the KONI entries that enjoyed supercharged and turbo charged motors ruled the day out West.

"It was difficult because you would hustle the car and catch up to them, but you get to the last corner right on their bumper and get to throttle before they would, and you could only just watch as they pulled 10 car lengths on you down the front stretch, so you'd have to do it all over again the next lap," said Burrows. "Ray Lee called a perfect strategy, but it wasn't enough to overcome the turbos. The Compass360 guys did another great job this weekend and now we're looking forward to closing out the year with another podium at VIR."

"That was one of the most frustrating races I've ever had," said Hopwood. "To have to fight so hard but then just completely lose the advantage on the straights and not be able to do anything about it wasn't that much fun. But, I did have a lot of fun racing with Cunningham. We were both in Acuras and did several laps basically side by side, so that was a highlight for me to come out as the top Acura today. I think we got everything we could out of the Fischer Skis car all weekend and this was a solid finish for the team championship points, so now it's on to VIR."

-credit: sgm

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