Same as in 2022, one of the elite performers at last weekend’s Sunflower Trophy races was Northwest 200 winner, F900R BMW Cup Champion Richard Cooper.
Aboard Boyce Precision Engineering/Russell Racing Yamaha tackle, Cooper who recently got married, had the edge on the opposition in the opening Supersport races, securing in highly competent style, successive race wins.
The fastest NW200 newcomer in history additionally sped to P1 honours in the opening Super Twins race.
Russell Racing team-mate Dean Harrison, back racing in Northern Ireland for the first time since July’s Armoy ‘Race of Legends’ collected third place finishes from the previously featured, Supersport encounters.
Mountain Course newbie at the 100th Anniversary Manx Grand Prix, Graham McAleese obtained back-to-back Lightweight Supersport victories.
The evergreen Jeremy McWilliams took second ahead of Steve Henshaw Gold-Cup top three finisher, Gary McCoy, in Sunday’s sole Super Twins encounter.
Extra depth to the road’s scene presence at Bishopscourt was provided by the likes of modern times Irish road racing great, Derek Sheils, Triangle course alumni Christian Elkin, Gareth Arnold and cousin of Sidecar icon Jock Taylor, Roddy Taylor.
Photo credit: Tommy Vennard
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou