Burrows and Hopwood Make Daytona Debut With RSR Motorsports (25 January, 2008)--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood were looking to get their third season of Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge racing off to a strong start on Friday in the Fresh...
Burrows and Hopwood Make Daytona Debut With RSR Motorsports
(25 January, 2008)--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood were looking to get their third season of Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge racing off to a strong start on Friday in the Fresh From Florida 200 as the 2007 KONI Champs made their racing debut with RSR Motorsports. Running in the No. 198 Fischer Ski MINI Cooper S, the two knew that the high banks of Daytona might not play to the strengths of the super-handling MINI, but were nonetheless looking to get a solid finish to start the year.
That strong result looked to be exactly on order as Burrows started from the ninth row in the 65-car field and had made the most of the draft available early in the three-hour race to keep moving up the order before turning over to Hopwood. After Hopwood took the controls, that upward mobility continued as the nimble MINI was firmly in the top ten. But the race came to a disheartening and early conclusion as a vibration preceded a sudden loss of drive in the machine, which came to a stop on course.
Post-race diagnostics by RSR Motorsports concluded that a rubber boot had worked loose and led to a problem with the half shaft, which ended the day. Despite the unwanted result, both Burrows and Hopwood were upbeat about the weekend.
"I can't wait to get to Lime Rock!" said Hopwood of a track where the team expects the MINI to shine. "Obviously we were hoping to bring some more points home in the Fischer Ski car this weekend, but we're just going to have to try to do that at Homestead in March. Between how this car drives and the group of guys that Randy (Smalley, team owner) has put together on this team, I think we are going to have a lot of fun this year."
"Beyond the results sheet, this was a great weekend," said Burrows, who also spent time over the weekend with Piloti representatives providing feedback on the performance driving shoe after testing them in the heat of racing battle. Another partner was in evidence as iRacing was on-site at Daytona with a simulator set up for racers to sample. "I recommended that (RSR Motorsports teammate) Jade Buford to check it out, and he signed up right on the spot!" said Burrows. "iRacing has several tracks that KONI races on, so it will be a good way to get warmed up for some of our events this season. We've felt right at home with this RSR Motorsports team from day one, and it was looking like we were going to pull a rabbit out of the hat with a top ten at Daytona, but it just wasn't our day. This car is going to be fun to race, and it's just a shame we have to wait more than a month to do so."
The KONI Challenge will reconvene in mid-March at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the KONI South Florida Sports Car Challenge Spectacular.