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Cooper becomes the seventh and final winner of 2018 Bennetts BSB

Richard Cooper has become the seventh and final race winner of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship season at Brands Hatch this afternoon, dominating the final race of the year, winning by 7.493s Cooper led the race from start to finish and controlled the race from the front to score Buildbase Suzuki their third victory of the season.

On the opening lap Cooper led Jason O'Halloran, Leon Haslam in a special edition livery and Tommy Bridewell. Haslam was fighting but he had some huge moments to save, including an incredible moment on the exit of Graham Hill Bend and Clearways, but despite dropping him to fifth, he regained his composure to fight back.

Haslam had Christian Iddon ahead of him and after getting back into a rhythm he made a pass at Paddock Hill Bend on the ninth lap, followed by Jake Dixon a few corners later. Cooper and Bridewell were heading the field but by lap ten Haslam was into third as he dived down the inside of Jason O'Halloran.

Dixon was then hunting O’Halloran and he moved into fourth with a move at Graham Hill Bend, with Iddon also pushing the Australian back a further place. Haslam was gaining momentum but on lap 12 he was on the brink of disaster with a massive moment on the run to Graham Hill Bend, which he only just managed to save.

As Cooper held the position at the front Bridewell was still leading Dixon, Haslam and Iddon, but Josh Brookes was closing and he moved ahead of Haslam on the final lap to claim fifth. Gino Rea equalled his season best result to finish in seventh ahead of O’Halloran, Peter Hickman and team-mate Sylvain Barrier.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race three result:

  1. Richard Cooper (Buildbase Suzuki)
  2. Tommy Bridewell (Moto Rapido Ducati) +7.493s
  3. Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +12.112s
  4. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +19.009s
  5. Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) +19.602s
  6. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +20.937s
  7. Gino Rea (OMG Suzuki) +24.906s
  8. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +38.703s
  9. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +52.282s
  10. Sylvain Barrier (Smiths Racing BMW) +1:01.070s

2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 699
  2. Jake Dixon RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 629
  3. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 588
  4. Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) 584
  5. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 577
  6. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 551

 

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