Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chrissy Continuing to Lead the Charge; Rouse Chalks Up Sixth Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chrissy Continuing to Lead the Charge; Rouse Chalks Up Sixth Win

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TEENAGER Chrissy Rouse remains in command of the Triumph Triple Challenge championship after notching up his sixth win of the season and a third place at Brands Hatch, writes ZOE BURN.

The 17-year-old from Burnopfield is now perfectly poised to keep a 29-point lead at the top of the title chase when the scores are halved before the next race in August.

The Emmanuel College pupil arrived at the Kent circuit with a 45-point lead over Charlie King, and with two races over the weekend on two different configurations of the track, he was on a mission to score two podiums and consolidate his lead.

Friday's 15-lap opening race was held on the short Indy Circuit, the only track which the series has already visited this year and the only one where Rouse hasn't won.

The Stratstone Triumph Racing rider qualified second on the grid and got a decent start, dropping down to third before moving back up to second on lap seven.

He set off after King who was in the lead, moving to the front three laps later and the stage was set for a five lap scrap to the finish line.

With two laps to go it was Rouse who had the lead, but King made a dive up the inside at Druids. With no option but to let him through to avoid crashing, Rouse dropped down to second and had hoped to make a last-gasp charge on the final lap.

With two corners to go he was planning to make a final charge, but ran a little bit wide on to the rumble strip. It was enough to give Dan Helyer, who was close behind in third, the space to sneak through and take second place at the flag.

"It was a hard race but it was a really good race," said Rouse. "We had some great battles there and I extended my championship lead from 45 points to 50 which was what I was hoping to do.

"I thought I could go for the win there on the last lap but I made a small mistake and it was enough to let Dan get through. …

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