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Richard Cooper shines at Sunflower Trophy races

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Willis Marshall

Nottingham's Richard Cooper was crowned the King of Bishopscourt at the weekend when the Buildbase Suzuki rider notched up a hat-trick of Superbike Race wins at the coveted Sunflower Trophy Races.

The British Superbike contender took the feature race of the day, the Sunflower Trophy Race.

“It's been an amazing weekend. I can't thank the Buildbase Suzuki team enough for letting me ride here this year.

“Three wins from three starts, well it was basically perfect,” beamed Cooper.

In front of a bumper crowd at the county Down venue, Cooper was in devastating form as he powered his way around the 1.8 mile circuit in near record-breaking time.

In the feature race of the day, the large crowd was treated to a dazzling display by Cooper, Basildon's Danny Buchan (MSS Kawasaki) and Toomebrige rider Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW).

Cooper took the race win by 0.01 of a second from Buchan and Laverty.

It was Laverty who made the early running at the front only to be run off the track by a back marker before rejoining the race in third place. Cooper suffered the same fate and it looked like his race was over but the Suzuki rider had other plans.

He fought his way to the front of the field, before going on to produce a magical move around Buchan at the last corner on the last lap to sprint his way to the chequered flag.

Another two men on top form were Dundrod's Robert Kennedy, who won both the Supersport 600 Races, and Carrickfergus rider Glenn Irwin, who did the double in the two Supertwins races.

Full credit to the organisers the Hillsborough Motorcycle Club who ran a slick meeting.

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