Burrows and Hopwood win KONI Challenge Championship at VIR Series rookies stand up to competition and six hours of pressure to take podium on last lap of the season (Alton, VA) 6 October 07-- After eleven rounds of long-distance racing, Adam ...
Burrows and Hopwood win KONI Challenge Championship at VIR
Series rookies stand up to competition and six hours of pressure to take podium on last lap of the season
(Alton, VA) 6 October 07-- After eleven rounds of long-distance racing, Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood traveled to Alton, Virginia, this weekend, with little other than the Grand-Am KONI Challenge championship battle on their minds.
But after six hours and over 500 miles of racing, the two rookies had nothing but celebrating to think about after taking third place in the season-ending KONI event at VIR to win the 2007 KONI Challenge ST Class Driver Championship.
"This is fantastic-just a huge relief!" said an excited Burrows. "We knew that we just had to focus on our own race, and it played out perfectly for us. I have to thank Will for having the faith in us that he did. The whole Turner Motorsport organization is amazing-we had a perfect car every race this season. I want to thank my whole family for all their support and for coming out to all the races through all the years to cheer me on."
The two racers had years of experience racing against and with one another in a variety of categories, but proved to be a potent pairing when they teamed up to take on the ST class in 2007.
"I'm really excited to take this championship-I almost can't believe it," said Hopwood. "We didn't know what to expect this year, but given how competitive this series is, we really didn't think we'd be ending the year by taking the championship! But we got off to a solid start at Daytona, and just kept building from there. Turner Motorsport has won championships before, and the whole team just kept their cool all weekend. I have to thank my whole family for all their support through the years, and really my mom for putting up with so many dinners that were nothing but racing talk!"
Burrows took the green flag and kept the pace while keeping the big picture racing philosophy in play, avoiding any contact from the full field of 35 competitors. The Connecticut resident put his full exercise regimen to the test as he stayed aboard for nearly two full hours of racing before turning the BMW over to Hopwood, who also ran a stout stint of two hours before making for the pits to turn the car over to Burrows from the lead with two hours remaining.
Burrows kept in the hunt and tracked his way up the order, stopping for a final splash of fuel on his way to sealing third place on the races' 153rd and final lap.
The KONI Championship title is the first professional championship for both Burrows and Hopwood, which is all the more impressive given that it came in their rookie season. The season-long run to the title garnered notice from all corners of the paddock, including their own.
"These guys did everything right this year, just the perfect 'shoes' for this car," said Turner Motorsport team owner Will Turner. "As fast and as smart as these two drive, any team would be happy to have them. Hats off to these guys, they were awesome all season."
The day into night proved to be a closely fought affair, but the No. 95 once again scored a podium finish to seal the championship.
"This is obviously a great way finish out the season," said Burrows. "I want to thank all the guys I raced with and against in Spec Racer and I also have to give a shout out to my racing mentors, Bob Dotson and Dorsey Schroeder. That's right, Dopey, we'll be doing some celebrating down in the Keys, no question!"