SCC: Birmingham: Burrows, Hopwood race notes

Burrows and Hopwood Make Brilliant Comeback at Barber For Eighth Birmingham, AL (19 July 09)--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood finished eighth in Saturday's Legacy Credit Union 200 at Barber Motorsports Park for round eight of the 2009 Grand-Am...

Burrows and Hopwood Make Brilliant Comeback at Barber For Eighth

Birmingham, AL (19 July 09)--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood finished eighth in Saturday's Legacy Credit Union 200 at Barber Motorsports Park for round eight of the 2009 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge season.

Burrows opened the race off from a strong position on the grid after taking fourth in qualifying, but his hard work from the morning qualifying session was out the door in moments. As he raced to the green flag, the front row did a momentary check-up, forcing the 2007 Champ into a quick decision-hit the car in front, or move to the side.

"These MINI's are good at a lot of things, but with the radiator right in the front, knocking people out of the way just isn't one of them," said Burrows. "So I had to move to the side so I wouldn't hit him, and unfortunately this all happened in front of the start/finish line."

Thanks to Grand-Am's racing regulations, which utilize an appropriately soft-covered and occasionally malleable rule book, the avoiding action was instead judged to be an attempt at jumping the start, sending the MINI through the pit lane at an agonizingly slow speed as penance for the transgression.

Burrows rejoined the pack too far to be seen in the rear view mirror by even the last-place car, but that didn't stop him from making a charge back toward the front as he moved up to race as high as 7th . The SPEED announcers deemed the effort "brilliant," but Burrows was more frustrated by the penalty than flattered by his own efforts behind the wheel.

"I didn't have a choice, and obviously didn't get an advantage from it so it was really frustrating to be called for that," said Burrows. "But I just put my head down, got over it and started to work forward. The car was good-it's almost more frustrating to know how strong we were because this could have been a much better result for us today."

Burrows then turned the car over to Hopwood, as a problem with a hung lug nut caused a modestly longer stop than hoped for. But the soon-to-be husband made his own progress after taking the controls and moving from 14th back up into the top ten. Unfortunately, the decision to only change the front tires didn't pan out as planned, as Hopwood was soon making large lurid slides through corners as his rear tires lost all semblance of grip and he had to hang on to take 8th at the checkered flag.

"We made the wrong decision on tires, and the car was just too much of a handful to do anything there at the end," said Hopwood. "Its great that Jade (Buford) and Owen (Trinkler) had such a great run today but it was too bad we weren't closer to the front to fight with them. But given how the race started off today, we can't be too unhappy with a top ten. Hopefully we can break back into a podium finish up in Trois Rivieres."

-credit: sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Trevor Hopwood , Adam Burrows