Burrows and Hopwood Return to Defend Watkins Glen Victory; Looking to build on top-ten at Lime Rock Park... Watkins Glen, NY (3 June 09)--Fresh off the best finish yet of their 2009 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge season to date in the No.
Burrows and Hopwood Return to Defend Watkins Glen Victory; Looking to build on top-ten at Lime Rock Park...
Watkins Glen, NY (3 June 09)--Fresh off the best finish yet of their 2009 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge season to date in the No. 198 Fischer Skis MINI Cooper, Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood will look to keep up the momentum with another strong finish as the KONI Challenge heads to Watkins Glen International.
Burrows and Hopwood, who closed out the season 2nd in the 2008 drivers championship to follow up on their 2007 KONI title, impressed in their first season of racing front-wheel drive machinery last year. The two took a dramatic race victory in July on the 3.4-mile long course in upstate New York as they showed that not only could they be quick no matter what they raced, but also be winners.
The track is one that both drivers have extensive experience on, from Hopwoods time aboard a thundering 700-hp GT-1 Corvette to Burrows' two Rolex Sports Car Series (IMSA) starts in a seasoned factory BMW M3.
"I love going to Watkins Glen--I have a lot of good memories there from racing with my dad and of course getting the win last year with Adam, so I'm looking forward to getting back there this weekend," said Hopwood. "It would be great to do that again, but we know that it will be a bit of an uphill battle in terms of how this track suits the Mini, so we will see how the race plays out. It will be interesting to be back in a double-class (ST and GS) field, and hopefully we can at least use that traffic to get a good draft going on the back straight."
The two were sixth in the home race at Lime Rock Park over the Memorial Day weekend, which also saw the two in Spec Racer SCCA competition as they diced through the field to score 1st (Hopwood) and 3rd (Burrows) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
"Well, this weekend will be a bit of a challenge we expect, given that this track does reward power over handling, so our expectations are pretty realistic," said Burrows. "Hopefully we can catch a good draft in qualifying because on these long straights, we're just not able to keep up. We reel them right back in every time the road gets twisty, but there's just not enough of that at the Glen! But you never know so hopefully this weekend we can pull out a bit of a surprise."