Chrissy Rouse continuing to lead the charge

17-year-old Chrissy Rouse from Burnopfield is in command of the  Triumph Triple Challenge championship after another win

Teenager Chrissy Rouse in action
Teenager Chrissy Rouse in action

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.

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. I’m a little bit disappointed but I still enjoyed the race.”

For Sunday’s 10-lap race around the GP circuit he once again started from second on the grid and again dropped back a few spots before passing King for third at the end of the opening lap.

Up front pole-sitter Helyer and Spain’s Aleix Aulestia were already getting away, but the Geordie teenager caught them up within a lap.

The safety car came out to deal with an incident further back, staying out for three laps and after the restart it took just two laps before Rouse passed two riders in one move to take the lead at Paddock Hill.

From here he showed the pack a clean pair of heels as he stormed off in the lead, never coming under any serious pressure.

“That was a great race and the perfect result. I was hungry for it after Friday and enjoyed every minute of it,” added Rouse.

“I love the GP circuit, I always have done and today the bike felt great and I was really comfortable all the way. I didn’t make any mistakes and I felt like I was able to control the race.

“It was the result I wanted after finishing third on Friday. Getting the third was a bit of a weird feeling. When it’s your lowest result of the year it gives you a bit of a wake-up call so I was really fired up for this race.”

Rouse currently has 202 points which puts him a clear 59 points ahead of nearest rival Charlie King.

Under the current series regulations, all riders will have their points totals halved before the second half of the season which starts at the end of August, and Rouse’s solid lead means he still has a DNF in hand as he fights on to lift the title.

ZOE BURN

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