News for 2017
JDF Racing's rider Callan Cooper extended his lead in the Aprilia RRV450 series at the fourth round of the ThundersportGB based series.
The venue for the round was the demanding Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire. In glorious weather conditions the 15 year old Ramsey rider took command of qualifying on Friday putting in a stunning lap of 1:49.689 on lap 4 of the 20 minute qualifying session. Cooper pulled in on lap 6 confident that the time was good enough to set pole position; Cooper said ‘I was happy with the set up of the bike and felt I could have gone a bit quicker however I pulled in early to save the bike, I could see by my lap time on the Tacho the time so I thought that’ll do, and went to the timing screen to see the final two laps!’
The RRV 450 field this year has more riders than in previous years. Series promoter Ian Newton of IN Competition ‘We have a bigger grid this year which is very good given the economic climate, we are one of the classes actually increasing in number which is great for the series and the young riders, the top three from last year have moved on having used the 450 series to gain the necessary experience on larger capacity machines. Most of the riders have moved up from our Superteen Championship over the last couple of years, this season is the best so far, we have had seven different race winners after only four rounds and two lap records gone here at Oulton and Donington Park’.
The races at Oulton were a two leg event as opposed to the more usual four race event held over a weekend. The two race format carries 50 points per race so a lot hangs on a good result. In perfect conditions the first race was going to be a cliff hanger given the strength in depth of the field. One of the stars to emerge in the series is Sam Cox who celebrated his 21st birthday over the weekend. He was always going to be in the mix and got a real birthday treat by taking his second win of the series by just 0.082 from JDF rider Cal Cooper. In the process of moving to the front Cox took the lap record snatching it away from young Cooper who had set it at 1:49.352 the previous lap shaving over a third of a second off the previous record held by Connor Tagg in 2010.
In race two it was clear Cooper was going to try and break the field from the start. He led the race from start to finish giving a Masterclass in fast but controlled riding lapping half a second faster than the pursuers. By lap six of the eight lap race he had forged a 6.3 second lead. In the remaining two laps he eased up to take the flag 4.2 seconds ahead of Shevington rider Will Hodgson.
All riders need support in various forms and Cal Cooper being no exception. Support this season comes from Duke Marketing and DC clothing ‘Cal’s Dad Glenn ‘ we are really pleased to be helped by DC it sets the right tone for Cal and the team, as most of the young riders in the paddock wear the DC brand it makes sense to have some involvement in the sport’.
Antony Hickey of DC ‘we are pleased to help out the up and coming young riders and want to maintain the relationship with them as their career develops in this exciting sport, as Cal’s Dad Glenn said earlier we are pleased so many of the riders use our brand so if we can help we will!’
Next round of the series moves to the Snetterton circuit on 23rd and 24th June.