RICHARD Cooper dominated the action in this weekend’s Sunflower Trophy races at Bishopscourt as he took all three big bike wins in his first visit to the circuit.
And his weekend isn’t done yet as the Buildbase Suzuki rider is now racing back to his team’s home base at Mallory Park to take on tomorrow’s annual season-ending Race of the Year.
After scorching to pole position yesterday ahead of fellow British Superbike stars Michael Laverty and Danny Buchan, Cooper beat the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki rider to the line by just over a quarter of a second to take Friday’s Ashvale Farm Shop race win.
And even after a restart in the second AJ Plumbing Supplies scrap early this afternoon, Coopes once again beat Buchan and Tyco BMW man Laverty to double up.
It was a repeat podium in the blue riband JAS Finlay Sunflower Trophy and despite Buchan chasing him all the way to the flag, the Essex rider lost out by a mere 0.015s as Cooper completed his hat-trick, leaving Laverty to yet another third.
“We had some close racing all weekend with Danny and Michael in our first ever visit to the Sunflower at Bishopscourt,” he said.
“I’m so happy to take both Superbike wins with the closest finish to date.”
*Images: Derek Wilson