Hopwood and Burrows grow KONI points lead despite tough Mid-Ohio round Competitor manages to knock first and second place championship runners both out in one corner just moments into the race (Mansfield, OH) 24 June 07--Adam Burrows and Trevor...
Hopwood and Burrows grow KONI points lead despite tough Mid-Ohio round
Competitor manages to knock first and second place championship runners both out in one corner just moments into the race
(Mansfield, OH) 24 June 07--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood emerged from a difficult EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio on Sunday with their Grand-Am KONI Challenge ST-Class championship points lead intact, growing their lead to four points despite a less-than-perfect race outing.
Hopwood qualified the Turner Motorsport BMW 330i fifth on the grid and took the green flag from the inside line. Alas, his hopes for settling into a rhythm and moving forward were disrupted soon after the green flag as a competitor made comprehensive contact with the car that was chasing Burrows and Hopwood in the championship battle with enough force to push Hopwood into the gravel as the field entered the keyhole for the first time at race pace.
"I'm not sure who was driving the red RX-8 number 62 was, but I have to say that I am impressed he was able to take out the top two cars in the championship within a couple minutes of the green flag," said an incensed Hopwood. "What he was thinking trying to make that kind of move so early in a two and a half-hour race is beyond me. But I guess this guy also encouraged a Mustang into the wall during the GS race, so maybe that's just his style. I just don't dig his style."
The Turner Motorsport team, which has weathered setbacks like this multiple times on their way to championships in a variety of categories, made quick repairs to the blue and yellow BMW 330i as Hopwood returned to battle several laps down to chase down precious championship points.
"It's such a disappointment because Trevor and I had worked so hard on the set-up over the three days prior to the race," said Burrows. "Of course, in a blink of an eye, all that was out the window as the contact completely changed our toe settings on the right rear. It was pretty demoralizing to look at the monitor and see that we were in 30th, three laps down. But the Turner Motorsport guys did a great job to get the car back on track and stayed with us as we worked our way back into the points. It was pretty disappointing because we know we'd have had a great car for this race otherwise. But, as they say, 'that's racing', and we are turning our focus to the Glen in July. Trevor and I have raced against each other countless times out there and we certainly hope that circuit familiarity will play into our favor. We are really looking forward to it."