NW200: Cooper Adds J M Paterson Twins Victory To Racing CV

NW200: Cooper Adds J M Paterson Twins Victory To Racing CV

Perfect conditions all-round continued for the final Super Twins race of the year’s FonaCAB & Nicholl Oils North West 200.

New Twins lap record holder Richard Cooper, surged into the lead as prior Twins race runner-up Pierre Yves Bian, victory challenge concluded via an error at York Corner.

The fast-starting Joe Loughlin led the challenge to Cooper at University whilst FHO Racing’s Brian McCormack hit problems.

As in the previous Twins encounter, JMcC Roofing Kawasaki mounted Cooper was quickly pulling away from the evenly matched chasing pack, holding at the end of lap one, an advantage of almost two seconds.

Team ILR/Mark Coverdale’s Loughlin was 2nd, 3.671 ahead of triple NW200 winner Jeremy McWilliams who in turn was only 0.303 clear of Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston.

Whilst Cooper, who blasted his own existing lap-record continued on lap two to set the pace out-front, the scrap for third was growing in competitiveness.

Not much was separating Christian Elkin, McWilliams, Johnston, Jamie Coward and Michael Sweeney.

Just over a second covered McWilliams, Johnston, Coward, Sweeney as lap two finished.

Former 250 NW200 winner Elkin crashed out of contention at the Bet McLean Chicane, he emerged un-harmed.

Castleblayney’s Loughlin was still second, though the gap to runaway leader Cooper was ever-expanding.

As the fourth and final lap commenced, Cooper led Loughlin by 9.43 seconds, Johnston slotted into third, McWilliams held fourth, Hebden Bridge’s Coward wrapped up the top five.

BSB winner Cooper went onto cruise past the chequered flag, scoring in impressive fashion J M Paterson Super Twins success.

Loughlin finished a fantastic second, his first NW200 rostrum whilst Johnston thanks to a gritty last-lap overtake rounded out the podium finishers.

McWilliams placed fourth, Coward was fifth as 2019 Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Sweeney finalised the top six.

Welshman Matt Rees took seventh, Andrea Majola took eighth, lead Newcomer Gary McCoy was a more than creditable ninth whilst Emmet O’Grady also enjoyed a productive race-stint finishing tenth.


A statement issued recently by North West 200 Organisers, reads as follows:

“The results of both the Milltown Service Station and JM Paterson Super Twin races have been amended following the exclusion of Richard Cooper’s JMC Roofing Kawasaki because of a modification to the machine’s frame which is deemed to be against the rules by the stewards of the meeting.

They have excluded the machine from the results which means Richard Cooper is now disqualified as the winner of both races.”

Updated J M Paterson Super Twins race result, reads as follows:

1st – Joe Loughlin
2nd – Lee Johnston
3rd – Jeremy McWilliams
4th – Jamie Coward
5th – Michael Sweeney
6th – Matt Rees
7th – Andrea Majola
8th – Gary McCoy
9th – Emmet O’Grady
10th – Barry Graham
11th – Kris Duncan
12th – Maria Costello MBE
13th – Anthony Redmond
14th – Phil Stewart
15th – Dave Madsen Mygdal
16th – Mark Johnson
17th – Gareth Arnold
18th – Jack Petrie
19th – Eric Wilson

Photo credit: Tommy Vennard

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