STROUD'S Dan Cooper endured a frustrating three days at Donington Park, finishing in 20th place in round 11 of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.

The weekend started on a damp note with wet weather during Friday’s free practice sessions and Dan only completed eight laps across the two sessions on the Impcross Engineering BMW S1000RR but conditions were a lot better on Saturday for the solitary qualifying session.

The Leicestershire circuit saw dry weather all day and this could be seen in the lap times as they tumbled during the 25-minute session. Cooper continually improved his pace and a lap of 1m33.197s – more than four seconds quicker than his best time on Friday – meant he qualified in 25th place for Sunday’s race.

The damp weather returned for the 15-lap race although the rain had stopped when the race got underway with Cooper opting for a wet front tyre and a dry rear. A good start saw him jump up the order by five places to 20th and two laps later this had become 18th as the safety car came out for three laps due to a number of incidents out on track.

When racing resumed, a dry line had appeared all around the 2.5-mile circuit and Cooper's choice of tyres worked against him as riders on dry tyres, both front and rear, came into the ascendancy.

Pushed back to 20th, there was little he could do as those with more grip came by him but he dug deep and brought the bike home for 20th place and another top twenty finish although he was naturally disappointed not to have added more points to his season’s tally.

Cooper said: “I think frustrating is the best word used to describe this weekend as conditions have been patchy throughout and we’ve never really been able to get going. Qualifying was the only time we’ve had any real dry track time and conditions in the race today caught us out a bit.”

“There was nothing I could do when other riders came by and although I made a good start, that’s as good as it got. The tyre combination I went with wasn’t the right one and it’s a real shame when you only get one race as well as you obviously only get one crack at the whip and there’s no second race to make amends. It’s just been one of those weekends so we’ll look to end the season on a positive note at the final round in two week’s time.”

The final round of the series takes place at Brands Hatch on October 18-20.