Burrows and Hopwood extend points lead in Utah KONI Rookies grow points advantage ahead of October's V.I.R. finale (Tooele, UT) 14 September 07--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood finished sixth in the Grand-Am KONI Challenge race at Miller ...
Burrows and Hopwood extend points lead in Utah
KONI Rookies grow points advantage ahead of October's V.I.R. finale
(Tooele, UT) 14 September 07--Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood finished sixth in the Grand-Am KONI Challenge race at Miller Motorsports Park on Friday to grow their ST Class Championship lead in the Turner Motorsport BMW 330i. The rookie duo are now five points ahead of their nearest competitor with one round of KONI racing remaining, when Virginia International Raceway sets the championship showdown stage in October.
The Turner Motorsport GS-class entry of Joey Hand and Matt Alhadeff won the Miller event overall.
Burrows started the race from the front row, but lost several positions when the non-normally aspirated and Honda-powered cars seemed to show their full hand once the green flag dropped.
"I got a good start and timed it well, but those guys just swallowed me up," said Burrows. "But once we got into a good rhythm, this car was just great--well balanced and the StopTech brakes were awesome. Obviously we were looking to get back up on the podium today but the most important thing is the championship. Anything can happen in a six-hour, but we just wanted to grow our lead this weekend, and we were able to do exactly that.
Burrows kept the car in the lead pack and then turned the car over to Hopwood during the forty-four lap race's only yellow flag around the one hour mark. Hopwood was able to rejoin and move back through the order to finish sixth after stopping for a last splash of fuel late in the running.
"I ran out of fuel going into turn one on the cool off lap--when it comes to fuel strategy, this Turner team is the best in the business," said Hopwood. "The car was so well balanced that we never had to change tires and that helped keep our pit time down. This was a fun track to race on even if it didn't seem to encourage the best behavior from some of the guys out there. But the car doesn't have a scratch on it, and now we'll focus on trying to wrap this up at VIR."
The final lap of the race saw the runners-up in the championship benefit in a maneuver that, while not legal by FIA standards, is legal, if not fantastically sporting, in Grand-Am competition when the fellow Canadian team cars switched positions on the final lap to give the championship-pursuers one extra position at the checkered flag. There are several ways to win a championship.
-credit: sgm/burrows hopwood