Strong Road Racer Presence At Stars At Darley

Strong Road Racer Presence At Stars At Darley

The prestigious annual Stars at Darley meeting, which attracted quality fields across all classes saw real roads talents a plenty produce an array of top class, first rate performances.

Making a welcome return to competitive action was the fastest North West 200 newcomer in history, Richard Cooper.

Cooper who claimed the Robert Holden Memorial feature race title on debut at the Cemetery Circuit Races in 2019, showed all of his renowned craft, pace, guile on route to taking opening Stars at Darley race honours.

Nine seconds plus behind Cooper was team mate for the weekend Leon Jeacock whilst John McGuinness MBE made it a 1-2-3 finish for the Hawk Racing ran Buildbase Suzuki squad.

Sunday’s ‘Stars’ race contest saw Cooper’s quest for a seventh Stars at Darley crown end in disappointing fashion, with the multi BSB race winner retiring on lap five.

The aforementioned Jeacock would go onto take the victory laurels, overall ‘Stars’ triumph with second place in the 14 lap contest gained by No Limits Brands Hatch podium finisher, Wigan’s Josh Daley.

Taking third behind Allcomers over 600cc race 2 conqueror Daley, second overall from the fifteen, fourteen lap blue riband races was 23 times TT Champion McGuinness MBE.

Doncaster’s Mark Goodings, Armoy Open B race winner Sam Johnson gained respective creditable sixth, eighth place finishes.

Further depth to the national, International roads challenge was added by respected Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough exponent Stephen Degnan, who placed 18th.

Photo credit: Michael Wincott

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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