SCC: Birmingham: Burrows, Hopwood preview

Burrows and Hopwood Looking Ahead to Saturday Shootout at Barber; Hopwood's last race as a bachelor Birmingham, AL (15 July 09)--While everyone is busy growing their list of friends on Facebook, Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood will look to get...

Burrows and Hopwood Looking Ahead to Saturday Shootout at Barber; Hopwood's last race as a bachelor

Birmingham, AL (15 July 09)--While everyone is busy growing their list of friends on Facebook, Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood will look to get familiar with 17 of their old friends this weekend as the two take on the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Legacy Credit Union 200 at Barber Motorsports Park in the No. 198 RSR Motorsports -prepared Fischer Skis MINI Cooper.

The 2.3-mile circuit outside of Birmingham is a busy one for the drivers, with 17 corners occupying each lap, which clock in around the 1:40-seconds range.

And with a car that might not be the first choice for a drag strip run or a trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats, those 17 corners will be good friends for the 2007 KONI Champs as they look to make the most of the MINI's strong braking and handling characteristics. The duo will target progress on that speedy set-up with a promoter test day on Thursday before the race weekend officially kicks off with practice on Friday.

"We'd like to think that this track will be one where we are strong and suits the MINI, but every time we say that, we have a bad-luck race, so we want to just keep our expectations in check and see how the race play s out," said Hopwood, who will look to impress his bride-to-be with a strong run in advance of his upcoming nuptials. "Everything has been crazy with getting ready for the wedding, but I'm really excited to get back in the car again this weekend."

Hopwood has been whetting his appetite for his return to race action by making the most of his summer break to score as many iRacing laps around the track as he can squeeze in.

While it might not be characterized as a friend, the anticipated Alabama heat will at least be no stranger for the duo, who scored a front row starting spot as well as a podium result the last time they raced at Barber Motorsports Park as the y moved to the points lead at the track on their way to the championship in 2007.

"I've been on my bike every day, and feel like even though it's going to be a hot one this weekend, I'm as fit as I've been all season," said Burrows. "I'm really looking forward to the weekend and particularly with working through the test program that the RSR Motorsports guys have planned for Thursday. Hopefully we can keep this development curve moving forward and hustle this MINI around to a podium this weekend and send Trevor off to married life with a little bit of champagne spray."

Practice begins Thursday morning with a track practice day, followed by practice Friday afternoon and qualifying Saturday morning. The two-and-a-half hour ST race is scheduled for 2:50 PM on Saturday.

-credit: sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Trevor Hopwood , Adam Burrows