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COOPER RETAINS SUPERSTOCK 1000

COOPER RETAINS SUPERSTOCK 1000 SERIES LEAD AT BRANDS HATCH

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Buildbase Suzuki's Richard Cooper retained his National Superstock 1000 Championship lead this weekend at Brands Hatch, taking a win and a second in the two halves of Saturday's two-part race, followed by another runner-up finish in a wet race on Sunday.

Qualifying on pole aboard his GSX-R1000R, Cooper took the chequered flag first in the opening half of the two-part race one. He was again in a leading group of three in the second half, but a move for the lead into Graham Hill bend in the closing stages resulted in him having to stand the bike up and run wide, costing him time.

He regrouped and had another go for the lead on the last lap into Clearways, passing around the outside. It became a drag race to the line, but the wide line had compromised Cooper's exit, and he lost out by less than a tenth of a second.

In a wet race on Sunday Cooper kept it safe, finishing second again to leave with his championship lead intact.

He said, "I had a mega battle in both parts of Saturday's races with Lee [Jackson] and Taylor [Mackenzie]. I managed to get past some back-markers first and just pull enough to take the win in the first part, but in the second it came down to Clearways, and it was a proper drag to the line. In the conditions on Sunday I had to think about the championship and not take any risks, but second was okay and we're going into Knockhill with a healthy championship lead."