Bennett’s Suzuki’s Richard Cooper held on to win his seventh Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race of the year but he was forced to work for it after a superb battle with Geordie Chrissy Rouse.
Mission Racing’s Rouse hit the front early on but was constantly pressured by Cooper before making a mistake on the brakes into Vale and dropping back to third.
But the racing boffin, Rouse, wasn’t perturbed as he fought his way past Michael Rutter and then Richard Cooper to reclaim the lead. The front two were then joined by Tyco BMW’s Josh Elliot who came from eleventh on the grid to fight for the lead in the closing laps.
On the last lap, the trio couldn’t be separated with Rouse hitting the front at the end of Wellington Straight, slipping past Cooper on the brakes as he had done on many occasions throughout the race.
They flew down to Brooklands for the last time, Elliott drafted past Cooper for second with Rouse on the inside trying to block any move for the lead. But the Geordie pushed the front too hard and it washed out from beneath him, ending his fight for a first Superstock 1000 victory.
Elliott ran slightly wide after the crash in front of him and Cooper gracefully accepted the lead before fighting off any come back from Elliott through the final few corners to take the win and close the championship lead too.
Elliott was delighted with second place, his first podium of the year, and they were joined on the box by Bathams BMW’s Michael Rutter.
Surprisingly for some, Fraser Rogers came home in fourth ahead of his Morello Kawasaki teammate Danny Buchan; showing there are no team orders when it comes to the championship from the team. Buchan’s lead slips back to fifteen points with now two rounds remaining.
Buildbase Suzuki’s Alex Olsen ended sixth ahead of the Floridian James Rispoli and Mancunian Adam Jenkinson. Rounding out the top ten were Jordan Weaving and Mason Law.