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Trois Rivieres, Quebec—Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows combined for their second Grand-Am KONI Challenge victory in three races after making an impressive run to the checkered flag at the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres in Compass360 Racing’s No. 76 Fischer Skis Acura TSX on Saturday.
Hopwood qualified on the outside pole on Saturday morning and then moved to the lead once the race started before turning the Acura over to Burrows, who made several strong moves to the front before establishing a nearly ten-second lead on the field.
A late-race caution erased his advantage, but the defending KONI Champ had no problem fending off the advances of Pierre Kleinubing in the final moments of the race, setting the fastest lap of the race after taking the white flag to charge to the checker.
“This is just perfect, to dominate and win a race like this,” said Burrows. “We switched roles to have Trevor qualify and me finish the race today, and it worked out perfectly. You have to be conservative with the brakes here, but we were still able to get up front and build a good lead without using up the car at all. The Cobalt Brakes were perfect all the way through and held up exactly as you would hope. I’m really happy to be a winner on this track because this event has so much history, and I’m excited that we are part of it. This feels great, and I can’t thank all the guys at Compass360 enough, they did a great job once again.”
Trois Rivieres, set on an unforgiving, concrete-lined and tight street course layout, has seen names like Villeneuve, Tagliani, and Empringham grace the top step of the podium in the over thirty years of the annual August race weekend. Long a student of the sport, Hopwood was happy to add his name to that list of winners at Trois Rivieres.
“I had a lot of fun qualifying this morning and the car was just perfect, the Compass360 guys did a great job,” said Hopwood. “I was able to just set a pace and was still just saving the car for Adam. Ray Lee called a great race for us and the car was perfect. It felt great to win at Watkins Glen and this is even better to do it again. We were disappointed with what happened at Iowa, but we just shook it off and now we’re back on top of the podium, so it feels fantastic. This is such a great event, that to be a winner here is a special thing, and that we can do that for a Canadian team is awesome. They are going to need a merchandise trailer here for these guys next year!”