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Rouse Bounces Back With A Solid Win At Snetterton... News From Chrissy Rouse
Posted by: newsla on Jul 06, 2013 - 04:29 PM
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Rouse Bounces Back With A Solid Win At Snetterton... News From Chrissy Rouse


TEENAGE race ace Chrissy Rouse bounced back from disappointment to take a well-deserved win in this evening’s Triumph Triple Challenge race.

 

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The 17-year-old from Burnopfield was victorious in today’s second race at the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk.

It should have been a double win for the championship leader, but he was denied his fourth successive first place earlier in the day when he ran out of fuel on the last lap - while nine seconds clear of his nearest rival.

Today’s first race was the rescheduled one from Thruxton back in April, and Rouse lined up at the front of the second row in fifth place at the start. Despite a bad getaway where he dropped back to ninth spot, he quickly pulled it back.

Crossing the line seventh at the start of Lap Two he made up another three places in that lap, before making another four in the third to take the lead just before the start of Lap Four.

From there he came under no pressure from behind, and quickly stretched himself a comfortable lead at the front.

But disaster struck on the last lap when he ran out of fuel. Devastated after such a strong race, he was determined to make amends in today’s second race which started just after 5pm.

After another tricky start he dropped to third, but moved up to second past Dan Helyer on the second lap before passing Charlie King for the lead on Lap Three.

But this time he came under pressure from Spaniard Aleix 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 the Geordie wasn’t done yet.

On the final lap he took the place back and managed to hold off Aulestia. By the final corner he had enough of a gap to take a comfortable win, while Aulestia did well not to fall off after huge moment, losing a spot and finishing third.

"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.

"In the first race we just ran out of fuel. I was gutted but I had to just write it off and concentrate on the second.

"The second race was tough but I enjoyed it. Aleix pushed me all the way there towards the end. I’m always confident that I can do well if the race goes to the last lap, but he made me work for it.

"From about Lap Five I knew he was coming up quick and I was making plans in my head, thinking about the strong and weak areas so I knew where I could push harder if I had to.

"He passed me with two laps to go but I got him back on the last lap. He tried to get back past but almost ran onto the grass and it was enough just to give me a little space to get to the line. Aleix almost highsided at the end there and he did well to save it, but by then I knew I had it."

Chrissy will have his third Triumph Triple Challenge race of the weekend tomorrow, but he will also be contesting the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship in a one-off ride on the Team HARIBO Starmix Triumph.

After being asked to ride for the leading Stock 600 team this weekend, Rouse has impressed with consistently quick lap times, and will start tomorrow’s race from the front row after qualifying in an impressive third position.

Rouse now remains in command of the Triumph Triple Challenge on 136 points, 28 points clear of second placed Phil Atkinson on 108, while Freddy Pett is third on 96.


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