Brands BSB: Richard Cooper takes the last win of 2018

Buildbase Suzuki’s Richard Cooper took second win of his British Superbike career in very wet conditions at Brands Hatch with Bridewell and Dixon ending the season on the podium.

From the front row, it was a lightning start for Richard Cooper who blasted to the front while fellow front row starter James Ellison only went backwards during the opening few laps dropping from 2nd on the grid to outside the top 10 before he eventually pulled in to retire from what could be the final race of his BSB Career.

Much like race 2, Haslam was locked in a battle with Bridewell and O’Halloran with the trio swapping positions through the early laps. It was clear that Haslam was struggling for rear grip after having a huge moment on the exit of Graham Hill Bend demoting the 2018 Champion to 5th behind Bridewell, Iddon and O’Halloran,

It wasn’t a final race of the season to remember for Michael Laverty who crashed out of the race on lap 2.

Having to recover from the earlier slide, Haslam passed Iddon at Paddock Hill Bend before making the move on the Honda at the halfway point of the 20 lap race. O’Halloran looked in trouble as the Aussie ended up being passed by Dixon and Iddon in 2 corners.

After a tough start for both Ellison and Irwin, the pair pulled into the pits to retire from their final race with their respective teams.

Leon Haslam’s struggles continued after a massive moment on the exit of druids forcing the JG Speedfit Kawasaki to run very wide, just keeping on the track, but had to give up the position to Dixon who stepped onto the podium.

It’s been a tough second half of the season for Bradley Ray who dropped down to 13th behind Danny Kent and Sylvain Barrier.

Back at the front, Tommy Bridewell started to close down the race leader but Cooper responded well putting an extra 2 seconds between him and the Ducati rider.

Leon Haslam’s struggles continued when Christian Iddon passed Haslam for 5th position before being passed by Brookes.

After a strong start to race 2, Andy Irwin ended his season the same way he started it back at Snetterton after a good few rounds in between, in the grass.

Eventually, after 20 long, wet laps of Brands Hatch, Richard Cooper took the win ahead of Bridewell and Dixon.

With the double podium for Bridewell, Tommy takes the riders cup title, in 7th.

Featured Image Credit: British Superbike Gallery

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