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Superbike contender Richard Cooper is heading for Sunflower debut

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Willis Marshall

British Superbike contender Richard Cooper is heading for his Sunflower Trophy races debut.

The 35-year-old Hawk Racing Buildbase Suzuki rider confirmed his entry for the Premier Irish Short Circuit Races.

The Nottingham rider was in great form at the recent BSB meeting at Assen in Holland, where in the second race, finished fifth, just two seconds behind current Sunflower Trophy Holder, Glenn Irwin ( PBM Be Wiser Ducati).

Cooper currently lies joint 13th in the ultra-competitive BSB Championship, just eight points behind Michael Laverty (TYCO BMW).

Now in his 19th season, Cooper was the BMW Boxer Champion in 2005, and also British Superstock champion in 2011.

Hawk Racing Buildbase Suzuki, under the guidance of Stuart Hicken, are no strangers to this event, but are still looking for their first win at this popular end-of-season show.

Richard Cooper has tried to get to the Sunflower on various occasions, but events he was contracted to often clashed with the Sunflower meeting, and this year is the first time his diary is free.

''The bikes are good enough, and I'm good enough, so no reason why we cannot have a good go at it this year,” said Cooper

Buildbase Suzuki will be bringing another, as yet unnamed, rider to the Sunflower.

The Sunflower race meeting is organized by the Hillsborough MCC, and takes place on Friday and Saturday October 19 and 20 at Bishopscourt race circuit.

Entries close for this event on Saturday (October 6). Anyone looking for cntries should Contact Derek McWhirter asap, at dj.mcw@btinternet.com

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