Cal Cooper scorched to his first British Superbikes victory in convincing style at a sun-drenched Cadwell Park on Bank Holiday Monday.
Before a 50,000 crowd, the 17-year-old IoM Sport Aid recipient won the 600 Superstock race by more than six seconds, setting a new lap record along the way.
Cooper, who is also backed by Paul Dedman Performance and Dean Teversham Roofing of Dorset, dominated the race after making an immaculate start from pole position. Riding a Yamaha R6 for CF Motorsport, Cooper quickly drew away from the top five in the championship, his smooth riding style earning him lots of praise.
Said Cal: ‘I tried to slow it down when I got 3 or 4 seconds lead, but the signals I was getting showed me I was still pulling away from them.’
Cooper was on top form all weekend and broke the lap record when he and championship contender Luke Hedger from Bristol could not be separated in the second qualifying session.
Cooper got pole position, however, by virtue of a better second fastest lap and the stage was set for what looked like being a major battle. But the Manxman was soon all on his own and had nothing but praise for all those who have helped him.
He said: ‘I so wanted this; it’s taken a little while and there have been some frustrating times along the way. I want to thank my mum and dad for all their support and encouragement, Craig Fitzpatrick of CF Motorsport who has been brilliant with advice and setting up the bike and mechanics Em Weaving and Robbie Moore who have been so dedicated.
‘Neil Hodgson has kept faith with me too and has been a great supporter and that makes winning even more special.’
Cooper is now fifth in the championship and with three rounds to go at Donington, Silverstone and Brands Hatch.