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“Just The Job” Cooper Joins Manx GP Winners Circle

It was just the job for Preston’s Darren Cooper as he joined the coveted Manx GP winners circle today, winning a compelling Manx GP Supporters Club Lightweight race.

Steadily reeling in early race leader Andy Farrell, Bungalow on lap 2 saw him move into race lead, from here the Flue-Stox, MJ Davidson Groundworks backed rider gradually began to break away from his Skerries based counterpart.

Ultimately victorious by over 20 seconds on his own teams Team DCR Kawasaki, lap four saw him come close to the existing Super Twins class record, lapping at an impressive 114.290 mph.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Speaking about the point at which he felt the race was under control, the race winner who also thanked world’s fastest road racer Dean Harrison for all his help and advice throughout the last couple of weeks, stated:

“I knew my pit crew was top notch, following the pit stop I knew the race was under control, when I saw +6 on lap 3, I knew the win was on the cards. I’ve only gone and won a Manx Grand Prix!”

Race runner up Farrell couldn’t thank enough his team, family and sponsors, plus Slick Bass for a great engine, an equally happy Barry Evans held off a strong challenge from Spain’s Victor Lopez Santos to finalise the podium finishers.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

1993 Formula 1 TT winner Nick Jefferies rolled back the years, finishing a fine fifth whilst Shirlaws Motorcycles Marc Ironside in sixth also enjoyed an extremely productive four laps of the Mountain Course.

Concluding the top ten finishers were McKinstry Racing’s Gareth Evans, New Zealand’s Rob Whittall and James Chawke.

Photo by Jim Gibson

Additional notable rides came from leading newcomer Dave Quine in 14th place, France’s Lancelot Unissart leading the 400 challenge in 15th, Dan Ingham 17th, Gavin Brown 18th and Eric Lenser 21st.

Manx GP Supporters Club Lightweight Race Results:

1 Darren Cooper
2 Andy Farrell
3 Barry Evans
4 Victor Lopez Santos
5 Nick Jefferies
6 Marc Ironside
7 Paul Williams
8 Gareth Evans
9 Rob Whittall
10 James Chawke
11 Peter Wilkinson
12 Steven Horne
13 Matt Mylchreest
14 Dave Quine
15 Lancelot Unissart
16 Rad Hughes
17 Dan Ingham
18 Gavin Brown
19 Richard Saville
20 Ben Rosendaal
21 Eric Lenser
22 Kevin Barsby
23 Derek Wilson
24 Tommy Henry
25 Peter Gibson
26 Alfred Stark
27 Les Miller
28 Robert Nelson
29 Tommy Heaphy
30 Wayne Martin
31 Paul Williams
32 Jordan McFerran
33 Nick Southerwood
34 Ron Soar
35 Sarah Boyes
36 Bob Farrington
37 David Bone
38 Ian Stanford
39 Bob Millinship
40 Steve Price
41 Matteo Bardelli
42 Shelley Pike
43 James Buckett

Words by Stevie Rial