SCC: Watkins Glen: Hopwood/Burrows race report

Hopwood and Burrows give up KONI points lead--for now Watkins glen visit doesn't yield hoped-for results, but at least there was no fighting Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood finished 6th in the Supercuts 200 at Watkins Glen this weekend in ...

Hopwood and Burrows give up KONI points lead--for now
Watkins glen visit doesn't yield hoped-for results, but at least there was no fighting

Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood finished 6th in the Supercuts 200 at Watkins Glen this weekend in the Turner Motorsport BMW 330i after leading during the middle stages of the three-hour race. The result forced the duo to relinquish the Grand-Am KONI Challenge ST points lead after having held the top spot since April. The two are now just two points behind Karl Thompson and Billy Johnson, who crashed into Hopwood on the first lap of the Mid-Ohio race in June.

The Supercuts 200 event marked the KONI debut for the rookie pairing at Watkins Glen, but the fast friends had plenty of prior experience at the track in a wide range of racing machinery in advance of the race weekend.

Burrows, who has posted an impressive streak of qualifying performances thus far this season, put his Glen knowledge to work as he qualified third, one position ahead of 2003 Barber Dodge Pro Series Champion and 2006 Champ Car Atlantics racer Leo Maia.

Burrows lost ground at the start, but soon after settled into a race pace that saw him move to the ST class lead amongst the dual-class sixty-car field. After turning the car over to Hopwood, the two looked to be well-placed to continue their run atop the standings, but the race didn't play out as hoped.

But with seven top-ten results in eight rounds including three podium appearances, Burrows and Hopwood are confident as they look to the closing rounds of the 2007 season.

"It's a shame because we were running up front, but this race just didn't go our way in the end," said Burrows. "But every solid finish we can get is going to be important for us in the points at the end of the season. The Turner guys did another awesome job for us this weekend, and we'll be looking to get back on that podium again at Barber."

Hopwood, who has seen some serious triple-digit speeds in GT-1 machinery at Watkins Glen, enjoyed the view from the drivers seat of the Turner Motorsport 330i, but is also looking forward to tracks that will flatter the BMW's inherent braking and balance strengths rather than playing to mere horsepower.

"It never seemed to work out with me and the GS traffic today," said Hopwood. "But it was a pretty fun race and Adam did a heck of a job out there. This is a really competitive class and like we experienced at Mid-Ohio, anything can happen out there. I've never been to Barber before, but I know it's a great facility and I'm looking forward to getting used to the place on the test day."

-credit: SGM/BurrowsHopwood

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Billy Johnson , Trevor Hopwood , Adam Burrows
Teams Turner Motorsport