SCC: Watkins Glen: Burrows, Hopwood race ntoes

Burrows and Hopwood Take Season-best Finish at Watkins Glen Watkins Glen, NY (5 June 09)--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood combined to bring the No. 198 Fischer Skis MINI Cooper across the finish line in fifth place in the Watkins Glen 200 on ...

Burrows and Hopwood Take Season-best Finish at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, NY (5 June 09)--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood combined to bring the No. 198 Fischer Skis MINI Cooper across the finish line in fifth place in the Watkins Glen 200 on Friday at Watkins Glen International for round 6 of the 2009 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge. The race was run in mixed conditions, making for an excellent event as the GS and ST classes both waged close battles through the field, right up to the checkered flag.

After netting one of the best qualifying results of the season to date with his run to 4th in qualifying, Burrows was in the thick of the battle up front as the race opened up. By lap 30, the 2007 Champ was up to second in the order and assumed the lead just before turning the car over to Hopwood.

"The mixed conditions really made it interesting today," said Burrows. "We didn't really have any experience driving this car in the wet, so I was learning what it liked every lap. And the track was also changing every lap, so it was a lot of fun to try to get as much as I could get and keep getting faster. We had pretty modest expectations for this weekend, so I'm thrilled to add a top five to RSR's results with this Mini, and hopefully we can go a spot or two better for the RSR Motorsports guys at Mid-Ohio."

As he strapped into the distinctive yellow-dominated No 198, the New Hampshire resident had his work cut out for him, returning to the pack 33rd in the order. But Hopwood made the most of his car control to muscle his way up to 5th at the checkered flag.

"That was a lot of fun!" said Hopwood. "I had a great battle going on the last few laps with Will (Turner) and of course coming out ahead of him made it all the better. The car was good. Every lap, the track was different so you didn't know if you should commit to the full rain line, or stick to running the dry line, so for me I just had a blast with it. There were some hairy moments, no question. I'm just happy to get another solid result for Randy (Smalley) and the RSR guys, and we would like to do even better in a couple of weeks."

The broadcast--slated for June 14th at 2:00 PM on SPEED-- will likely be best remembered for Hopwoods daring outside move as he made like a sprint car racer and ran the cushion after another car spun in front of him and he took evasive action, while also completing an outstanding pass for position.

-credit: sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Trevor Hopwood , Adam Burrows