Cooper claims victory at Oulton

An inspired tyre choice helped Dan Cooper claim a maiden Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship victory at Oulton Park after damp conditions wreaked havoc for his rivals.

The Centurion Honda rider rose from 21st on the grid, capitalising on a chaotic race that saw just 17 of the original 36 riders classified at the finish.

Declared a dry race, the original start was red flagged after only two laps following a spate of falls caused by drizzle. Amongst those to tumble was Hudson Kennaugh, the pole sitter crashing having moved into the lead at the end of the first lap.

However, while the safety car was called out, worsening conditions would see Billy McConnell crash out from fourth at low speed and the red flag would be brandished due to the rain.

With the rain easing at the restart, the grid was awash with a variety of different tyre strategies, with most favouring slick rubber, but some gambling on intermediate and wet tyres.

For new pole sitter Paul Young, inherited after the new grid was classified by the order they were in under the safety car, his race would last just a few metres after he tipped into Old Hall and collided with Dan Linfoot, the Triumph rider subsequently falling out.

Ben Wilson led into the first corner, but having taken a punt on a combination of intermediate and wet rubber, he quickly tumbled down the order, allowing Steve Plater and Dan Linfoot to dispute the lead of the race.

Eventually, Linfoot prevailed with a move on Plater on lap three at Lodge, but would carry on as far as lap five when he high-sided dramatically at Old Hall, the Rob Mac Racing rider lucky to avoid injury after impacting with the barrier and his bike.

With drizzle returning, a flurry of accidents would mar the next few laps, allowing the riders on intermediate tyres to gradually rise to the front.

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Dan Cooper - Centurion Racing Honda [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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