Kia Motorsports Makes History at Lime Rock Park Race Lime Rock Motorsports Park marks the fifth event of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge as well as the midpoint of the season. Lime Rock is Kia Motorsports fifth race campaigning cars...
Kia Motorsports Makes History at Lime Rock Park Race
Lime Rock Motorsports Park marks the fifth event of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge as well as the midpoint of the season. Lime Rock is Kia Motorsports fifth race campaigning cars in this highly competitive Grand-Am racing series. The team leaves the weekend with their second fifth place in a row, previously finishing fifth at VIR. What made Lime Rock a historical milestone for the team was qualifying third on the grid with the #10 car and leading a race for the first time in the team's short history with the #12 car.
It was evident from the moment the two Infinity Audio Forte Koups rolled out of the transporters that Lime Rock was an event where the Forte Koups could show their potential. The cars did not disappoint. In the first practice Andy Lally was second fastest by 0.001 seconds. At qualifying Nic Jonsson was able to put the #10 car on the grid in third place, the first historical milestone for the team.
But it was the #12 car driven by Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows that got everyone's attention. On lap 38 of the race Hopwood propelled the car into first and kept it there for several laps. After a stellar pit stop by the Kinetic Motorsports team that included a driver change Burrows then drove the car through the field from 17th to secure a fifth place finish.
"It was awesome to put the Kia up front, and even better to do it here at Lime Rock Park." said Hopwood. "We had a lot of Kia dealers here this weekend, so it was great to meet them and then go out and have such a strong run. Thanks to Lee and all the guys at Kinetic--the car was great under braking. And that was key because once you got in traffic, you had to make the most of what you had going into turn one if you wanted to move up. This was a great weekend, and I think should be strong again at Watkins Glen."
"It's great to get our best finish here at Lime Rock Park, and to see Trevor up front with the Kia was very exciting for everyone involved with this program," said Burrows. "Kinetic continues to surprise even us with how much progress we are making, and having such a competitive car on our home track is a great feeling. It was great to meet the Kia dealers and Infinity Audio guests who came out to the track this weekend. We were hoping to bring them a podium today, but this is still a great move forward with the Kia and I'm already eager to get to the Glen next weekend."
A strong run by Jonsson and Lally with an assured top five finish went awry on lap 124 during the race when the brake pedal on the #10 car went to the floor at the end of the main straight. This caused Lally to back the car into the tire wall causing extensive damage to the car. Lally was unscathed but upset at the incident after such a strong run.
The team has its work cut out for themselves as they try to get the #10 car back into shape for Watkins Glen, the very next weekend. But hopes run high for The Glen.