Burrows and Hopwood 6th at Lime Rock Park Lakeville, CT (23 May 2009)--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood scored their best result of the 2009 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge season to date with a run to sixth place in the No. 198 Fischer Skis...
Burrows and Hopwood 6th at Lime Rock Park
Lakeville, CT (23 May 2009)--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood scored their best result of the 2009 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge season to date with a run to sixth place in the No. 198 Fischer Skis MINI Cooper at Lime Rock Park on Saturday.
Hopwood started the race from fifth on the grid, but was quickly up to third at the drop of the green flag as he made the most of his experience on the track as well as the late-braking capability of the RSR Motorsports-prepared MINI to gain positions.
The ST-only event saw a lead group of five break free from the field, but the fight for the lead never lost intensity. Hopwood moved up to second some fifty laps into the event before becoming the race leader just over one hour into the 2.5-hour race. As the RSR crew readied for Hopwood's pit stop, the yellow flag came out and gave the team the opportunity to manage the driver change and fuel the car as the rest of the field followed the safety car.
"I had been really hoping to have started closer to the front so I was pretty motivated to move up at the start," said Hopwood, who along with Burrows was invited by Lime Rock Park to speak to a group of hospitality guests as part of the two's busy race day at their home track. "The car was pretty good and we were just trying to save as much as we could for Adam and to make sure we were there at the end."
Burrows rejoined the field in third, but fell to fifth at the restart as turbo-powered cars overcame the MINI. The former Lime Rock local stayed in the lead pack, and was well-placed to capitalize in the later stages of the race as the fighting became even more dramatic in the closing stages. But before a seemingly inevitable melee took place up front, another accident in the downhill slowed the field for caution and saw Burrows come home 6th at the checkered flag to go one better than the duo's 7th place finish at Homestead.
"There was nothing I could do on that restart with all the power those guys had," said Burrows. "So it was a little bit disappointing to not get up on the podium today because we were really hoping to get it up there for Randy and all the RSR guys. But we made it to the finish, led some laps, and had a lot of fun out there, so hopefully this will be something good to build on at the Glen."
The racing weekend is far from over for the two, as it will be back to Spec Racer competition at New Hampshire International Raceway as the two take on a double regional in SCCA action on Sunday.
Next round will be at historic Watkins Glen as part of the Rolex Sports Car Series 6 Hour event. Burrows and Hopwood are understandably looking forward to the race weekend, having won at the track in 2008 in dramatic fashion.