Richard Cooper hopes his impressive qualifying performance can act as the jump to allow him to sprint clear of the congested middle order and help the Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki rider secure solid points this weekend.

The 32-year-old rider has converted his strong free practice pace into a second row start for tomorrow's race one at Brands Hatch.

The Nottinghamshire man had heads turning in the MCE British Superbike paddock after he grabbed fourth place and got the better of a number of former race winners such as James Ellison, Stuart Easton and Ryuichi Kiyonari.

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Cooper says the second row is vital for his plans to get ahead of the middle order and is hoping to use it to stick to the back of the front runners and pull away from any trouble.

"The second row is something we needed. People like Jason O'Halloran at Snetterton proved that if you qualify well you can get away from the rest in the race and out of the way of the midfield," Cooper said. "I'm very relieved and it has given me confidence.

"Now I feel I've got to get away from the rest. I don't want to be sticking up the inside of people who are battling for the championship so if I can sit behind the riders and get away from that mid-pack."

With an uncertain weather forecast for Sunday's races at the Kent track Cooper might be hoping for history to repeat itself from last year, when he claimed his maiden BSB podium finish in wet conditions around the GP circuit.

The Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki rider says he won't be immediately gunning for the top three but if the races play into his hands he won't hesitate to grab any opportunity.

"If there is something more then I will have a go," he said. "I'm quite confident I can be there at the end."

On a lighter side, Cooper joked about how he preferred to start on the outside in P4 rather than switch to the inside in P3 due to his short stature.

"I was glad to be P4 because I'm quite short and if I had been P3 I can't really reach the floor on the inside," he smiled. "So I was thinking P4, 'that is alright, I can reach the floor.' I do generally like to go up the outside into turn one too."