Half shaft denies Burrows and Hopwood Iowa podium Newton, IA (12 August, 2008)-- After taking third at the track in 2007, Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood were well on their way to an encore Iowa podium appearance in Sunday's Grand-Am KONI ...
Half shaft denies Burrows and Hopwood Iowa podium
Newton, IA (12 August, 2008)-- After taking third at the track in 2007, Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood were well on their way to an encore Iowa podium appearance in Sunday's Grand-Am KONI Challenge IOWA 250 as Hopwood looked for the checkered flag from second in the order. But the defending KONI Challenge champions run on the 1.3-mile circuit was cut short with just 20 minutes remaining after a driveshaft failed, preventing them from taking the race finish in the No. 76 Fischer Skis Compass360 Racing Acura TSX.
Burrows started fourth and quickly moved up to second after posting times within a half second of the laps he set during the morning qualifying. The duo, who were looking to add to their KONI Challenge win total after taking a dramatic debut victory at Watkins Glen in round five, were among just three cars on the lead lap late in the race before the setback pulled them out of the race and forced them to succumb to a 17th place finish.
The lack of drive at Iowa was just the second time in hundreds of laps that the duo have been sidelined, as an unusual hub failure also denied them a strong finish for the No. 76 at Mid-Ohio in June.
"Looking at our mechanical record since we moved into KONI Challenge, we've been very fortunate for the most part," said Burrows. "But it is just frustrating that both times this kind of thing has happened, it's been when we've been running in podium positions. It's even more disappointing given how hard the Compass360 guys worked this weekend. The car was just about perfect, and we were hoping to pay that effort back with some champagne for the guys. It is a big hit in terms of championship points to miss out on two podium results, but we're focused ahead now. Getting back to Trois Rivieres is something we've been looking forward to and we're confident we're going to have another great car, and hopefully more great results."
The tight oval-based Iowa circuit is in stark contrast to what the defending champs will race on this weekend as the KONI Challenge Series visits one of the longest-running street events and the Grand Prix du Trois Rivieres.
"We are ready to go again this weekend at Trois Riveres," said Hopwood. "Acura won the race and we were on the podium last year, so hopefully we can win with an Acura this weekend. The Canadian fans are awesome in Trois Rivieres, and there are a lot of them so it's a great race weekend. Hopefully we can see them all when we do another lap in the back of a pick up truck on the way to the podium!"
Despite the setback with the Fischer Skis machine, Compass360 Racing still kept a KONI Challenge podium presence, as Ken Wilden and Jeremy Willard scored their best finish together with a run to third place in the sister No. 75 Pure Hair and Body Care Acura TSX. While the team hails from the Toronto area, past successes on the circuit are sure to see a large contingent of Compass360 support at Trois Rivieres this weekend as the team looks to continue to post a podium presence with its iconic matte black machines.