Burrows and Hopwood Charge to Trois-Riviers Podium For Kia Falls Just Short Trois-Rivieres, QUE (14 August 2010)-- Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood came an agonizing 6 minutes away from bringing Kia its first-ever GRAND-AM Continental Tire...
Burrows and Hopwood Charge to Trois-Riviers Podium For Kia Falls Just Short
Trois-Rivieres, QUE (14 August 2010)-- Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood came an agonizing 6 minutes away from bringing Kia its first-ever GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge podium in the Grand Prix du Trois Riviers on Saturday, only to be slowed by an extra pit stop when a power steering issue forced Burrows to slow his pace in the final laps.
The race outcome was a significant disappointment for the two drivers, the entire Kinetic Motorsports crew, and an enthusiastic group of Kia Canada supporters on hand after the Quebec race showed such significant promise through most of the race distance.
At the start of the race, Trevor Hopwood capitalized on a the best qualifying result of the season to date with the No. 12 Kia Motors/Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup as he ran as high as fourth in the opening stages of the two-hour event before turning the machine over to Burrows at lap 30. Despite re-entering the fray down in 12th, speed and strategy soon saw Burrows have the machine up to P5.
But that wasn't enough for the 2008 Trois-Rivieres race winner, as Burrows made the most of the handling and braking on offer from the Kia Koup and muscled his way up into third position with just over 45 minutes remaining.
Clicking the laps off in rapid succession, the tension mounted as the No. 12 Kia Koup continued to run ahead despite a hard charge from the current points-leading BMW entry. But before Burrows and Hopwood could celebrate yet another visit to the Trois-Rivieres podium, a sickening trail of smoke emerged from the machine. An issue with the power steering emerged and while his physical training meant that Burrows could handle the increased effort the machine needed for steering, GRAND-AM was less enthusiastic, forcing him into the pits for the Kinetic team to inspect the car.
The final run-down set the car in 11th place at the checkered flag, which hardly tells the story of the strong race outing.
"I was just saving the car for Adam and everything was going exactly to plan," offered Hopwood. "The Kinetic guys did a great job and our strategy was perfect, but we just fell a little bit short on the racing luck today. Hat's off to Owen and Randy on their win today, it would have been great to be up there celebrating with them. Even though we're all bummed about how the race ended, it just shows how much progress that the team has made with this Kia to nearly get our first podium in just its first season. We really wanted to do that for all the effort that Lee and Joey and all the guys have put in this year, but we'll just have to look ahead to Miller. "
"We still had a lot of car left at the end--I learned when we won here in 2008 how important it is to have a good car underneath you at the finish so we were going to be in good shape, but with the power steering problem it just took us out of the running for a podium," said Burrows. "I have to tell you that running without the power steering made me respect what Trevor did in New Jersey even more--running for 50 minutes without it--the guy is an ironman! Everything was coming together for us to bring Kia a podium but we just came up short today. It's fantastic to be back close to the front fighting for the podium again and hopefully we can have more of this kind of performance in the future."