Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rouse Leading after a Packed Weekend

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rouse Leading after a Packed Weekend

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Byline: ZOE BURN

B URNOPFIELD teenager Chrissy Rouse has extended his lead in the Triumph Triple Challenge after possibly the busiest weekend of his racing career, contesting four races in two different championships, writes ZOE BURN.

The 17-year-old Emmanuel College pupil now sits 45 points clear in the title chase - despite suffering a cruel outcome after running out of fuel while leading the first of his four races on Saturday.

After a nine-week break, the Triumph Triple Challenge was back at the Snetterton 300 circuit over the weekend and, as well as the usual two races, it also featured the rescheduled race from Thruxton in April.

On top of that, the youngster had been given the chance of a one-off ride in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship on the Team HARIBO Starmix Triumph as their usual rider had been given a one-race ban.

Rouse arrived at the Norfolk track with a 26-point advantage over his nearest rival Phil Atkinson, and had been looking to continue his winning streak which had seen him emerge victorious in his last three races.

The rescheduled Thruxton race was held on Saturday afternoon with Rouse starting fifth on the grid, and despite dropping back to ninth after a bad start, he soon clawed it back and took the lead at the end of the third lap.

But on the final lap, while leading with a nine-second advantage over second-placed Aleix Aulestia, his Stratstone Racing Triumph ran out of fuel and he was forced to pull over. For the second race of the day he started from pole, again getting a slow start but again fighting his way back up to take the lead on lap three.

But this time he came under pressure from Aulestia, who had benefitted from Rouse's earlier retirement to take the win in the first race, and who had his eyes on making it a double.

Aulestia passed him at the start of lap six but Rouse quickly took it back, and the last four laps became a scrap to the finish.

Rouse led up until the penultimate lap when the Spanish rider made a move, but on the final lap he took the place back and managed to hold him off to take the win. "That was a hard race but a great one and it was good to take the win and make amends for race one," he said. …

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