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Oliver’s Mount Top 8: Dan Cooper

2015 TT Privateers champion, five times Aberdare Park Welsh Open winner, a top three finisher on his debut at Scarborough, at the 2015 Gold Cup meeting, Stroud’s Dan Cooper is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, growing in popularity Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.

The 2016 Ulster GP Super Twins victor who has recently announced his retirement from International Road Racing, answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions are as follows:

Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?

“Wet! Yeah it was wet, I enjoyed the circuit to be fair, I quite liked the circuit, it would have been nice to have had a good go at it in the dry.

I would think in the dry it’s really technical and a good challenging circuit.”

Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?

“Probably seeing all the crowd, when I was sat on the grid there was that many people on the bank I was taken aback.

There seemed to be more people there than at a BSB meeting, I was quite surprised at how many people would go and watch.”

Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?

“Probably the Jumps section, going down from the Hairpin, it’s a bit different, I’ve never really experienced anything like that.”

Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?

“We didn’t really get a chance to do a lot, I think I finished second or third in the Twins race at the Gold Cup in 2015, battling with Ivan and James Cowton, so yeah it was good, even though it was wet, it was a good fun race, and I enjoyed it.”

Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?

“John McGuinness, gotta be, he used to race there, he’s probably my hero.”

Q6: Is there one machine in particular that you would like to race at Scarborough?

“250 two stroke, that would be good.”

Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?


Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?

“Probably Dean Harrison, in recent times he’s pretty much unbeatable, you’ve got to take your hat off to him.”

Words by Stevie Rial