SCC: VIR: Burrows, Hopwood preview

Burrows and Hopwood Geared Up For VIR Danville, VA (20 April 2010)--Virginia International Raceway will host round four of the 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge championship this weekend as Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood ...

Burrows and Hopwood Geared Up For VIR

Danville, VA (20 April 2010)--Virginia International Raceway will host round four of the 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge championship this weekend as Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood prepare to continue the upward mobility the duo have established with the No. 12 Kia Motors/Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup in Saturday's 2.5 hour Bosch Engineering 200.

VIR is set in a picturesque country-club like setting in rural Virginia, and has been the site of several strong outings for the duo. The two locked up their run to the championship in fine style at the track with a third place finish, and then backed that up with another podium performance the very next season.

The track, which has historically staged six-hour enduros to close out the year, will feature a 2.5-hour sprint format this weekend as the event weekend once again sees the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race staged immediately following the ROLEX Sports Car race on Saturday afternoon.

The most recent race at Barber Motorsports Park saw Kinetic Motorsports post the strongest two-car result to date, and the team will target more momentum this weekend as the new Kia program continues to pick up speed. VIR's 17-turn, 3.27-mile track will give the team the opportunity to continue to develop the Street Tuner (ST)-class machine through a wide variety of conditions, as the track features long straights, plenty of elevation changes, and some very slow corners for good measure.

"Barber was a really encouraging weekend for us and with just two weeks between races, it's great that we don't have to wait that long to get back into the Kia!" said Hopwood. "VIR is just a classic race course, and we've had some very good days there. It's a different animal than Barber, but hopefully we can just keep improving as the season progresses."

While the run at Barber, which saw both team entries set a fastest lap time within one tenth of a second of each other, didn't bring the promise that the early race pace had hinted toward, it was none the less a weekend that will be one to build on again at VIR.

"Barber was a big weekend for us--the car was much better and we had a great pit stop from the Kinetic guys, and we were simply closer to where we needed to be overall," said Burrows. "I know the Kinetic guys have been working flat out to be ready to go with the new development pieces for the race, and I can not wait to keep the progress going at VIR. We just want to make the most of every lap we have this weekend."

The Bosch Engineering 200 is slated for a 3:30 PM local green flag on Saturday.

-source: sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Trevor Hopwood , Adam Burrows
Teams Kinetic Motorsports