Road Racing News

Cooper Scoops Feature Race Crown At Whanganui

Richard Cooper’s maiden New Zealand racing exploration concluded in style by acquiring the prestigious Robert Holden Memorial feature race crown, at the Cemetery Circuit Races.

The fastest North West 200 newcomer in history who had placed second in the prior F1 Superbike races, just had enough guile, tenacious race craft, consistent pace to keep at bay the challenges of long term race leader Damon Rees and brother Mitch Rees.

Cooper competing for Sloan ‘Chopper’ Frost’s team on GSX-R 1000 Suzuki machinery, final race winning margin after 10 laps of the short but ultra technical Cemetery Circuit course, stood at just over 1.2 seconds.

Photo by Tommy Vennard

Suzuki New Zealand’s Scott Moir, Daniel Mettam respectively placed fourth and fifth as nine times International Road Race winner Lee Johnston rounded out the top six finishers.

Wrapping up the top ten finishers were local favourite Jayden Carrick, Supersport front runner Toby Summers, Richie Dibben and Rogan Chandler.

In total 19 racers completed the ten lap encounter which concluded with new Bathams Racing signing Cooper, becoming the second successive feature race winner from UK shores.

Cemetery Circuit Races – Robert Holden Memorial feature race result, is as follows:

1 Richard Cooper
2 Damon Rees
3 Mitch Rees
4 Scott Moir
5 Daniel Mettam
6 Lee Johnston
7 Jayden Carrick
8 Toby Summers
9 Richie Dibben
10 Rogan Chandler
11 Ashton Hughes
12 Jordan Burley
13 Adam Chambers
14 Steve Bridge
15 Tarbon Walker
16 Mark Perry
17 Dwayne Bishop
18 Rhys Lindsay
19 Dan McKenzie

Words by Stevie Rial

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