Dan Cooper gave the Centurion Racing team its first win in a weather interrupted second round of the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship at Oulton Park on Monday.
With the initial start red flagged due to rain after just two laps, Cooper lined up in 13th place for the re-start and was soon making a bid for the leading pack after settling into a rhythm despite the changing weather conditions.
Riders falling around him helped Cooper work his way up to third by lap five, behind Lee Johnston and Dennis Hobbs. Johnston then lost the front into Hizzy's and it was not long before Cooper was battling with his former Centurion team-mate Hobbs for the lead.
On lap eight the youngster from Stroud made a confident pass and strung together some fantastic lap times to stretch his lead to nearly 17 seconds by the time the chequered flag came out.
"I'm delighted to get Centurion's first race win and really pleased that it came so early on in the season,” he said. “We've had a number of problems this weekend and the boys have worked so hard to get everything right for the race.
“The tyre gamble was a big one as we just weren't sure what it was going to do. I got into the lead and just had to keep my head down and stay focused for the remaining laps. I'm so pleased to have won it but they were long old laps that I just wanted to bring it home in one piece as I kept seeing people around me crashing.
“I would like to thank the entire Centurion Racing team for helping me as much as they have all weekend and that I was able to give them their first ever win, it's a great feeling."
Team-mate Tom Grant secured sixth place after starting from the back of the 33 rider grid, caused by a late change from dry tyres to intermediates.
"It's been a really tough weekend and I've had a number of engine problems,” said Grant. “When it started raining it was a real lottery on which would be the best tyre to run, we had to change to intermediates but went over the allocated time and were forced to start from the back.
“I just had to get my head down and work hard to try and fight my way through but I'm really frustrated that I didn't get sorted in time to start on the grid position that I should have. We had a disaster this weekend so I have to take home the fact that we got some good points and just hope that everything is fine for Donington in a couple of weeks time,” he added.