Buildbase Suzuki’s Richard Cooper controlled the action to take victory in this afternoon’s Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race as early contenders crashed out.
The championship leader led from lights-to-flag and crossed the line over two seconds clear of Taylor Mackenzie as podium threat Andy Reid and local favourite Lee Jackson hit the deck.
Cooper got the early lead ahead of Bathams man Mackenzie, with Reid and local man Tom Neave in tow, but just a few laps in Reid watched his Tyco BMW cartwheel up the hill at Charlies and was carted off to the medical centre.
As the top three began to break away with Morello Racing’s Rouse dropping off the back of the leading trio, FS-3 Kawasaki’s home hero Lee Jackson put paid to any hopes of a win with a big crash out of fifth on the Park Straight, bringing the safety car out.
When the safety car returned to the pits at the end of lap eight, Cooper regained control of the action as he led Mackenzie and Tom Neave, with Rouse hanging on in fourth.
But Cooper had stretched a nearly two second lead with two laps to go, leaving Honda Racing’s Neave on the coat-tails of Mackenzie as Rouse wa