Teenager Chrissy Rouse continues to dominate the Triumph Triple Challenge (TTC) championship after storming to two more wins at Cadwell Park.
The 17-year-old from Burnopfield is beginning to look unstoppable in the title fight after a commanding weekend at the Lincolnshire track.
Not only did the youngster take two solid wins, he has also taken his lead almost back to where it was before the points were halved at the end of the last round.
Under the TTC rules, all points were halved after the Brands Hatch round last month to make the series closer and more exciting as it heads into its final races. Before they were cut, Rouse had a 59.5 lead over nearest rival Charlie King, which became 29.5 as the series arrived at Cadwell Park.
After a difficult qualifying session on Saturday, Rouse lined up for Sunday’s 10-lap race in fourth place which, due to the thin track, meant a second-row start.
But a good start saw him hold position into the first corner, and he quickly moved up to third. He then made a move on Freddy Pett to take second place, and set off on a charge to catch leader King, who had already started to eke himself a bit of a lead.
As the pack crossed the line to start the second lap, Rouse was right on King’s tail, and kept a close eye on his rival for a lap and a half before making the move at the chicane on lap three. He took the lead and both he and King quickly stretched a lead at the front.
“Charlie was riding really well, but once I’d passed Freddy I caught straight up to him,” he explained. “He made a little mistake and I was able to get by at the chicane. I was leading for about four or five laps but then I made a mistake or two and he got past.
“I could see he was riding right at the edge. When we came out of the chicane he didn’t have the grip and his bike came right out from under him in front of me.
“I was lucky to miss him but I did hit a bit of his bike. I was lucky that the race was flagged because when we got my bike back we found a big hole in the front tyre which went right through to the core. Had we gone full distance it could been catatrophic.”
For Bank Holiday Monday’s race, Rouse started second on the grid, taking the lead at the Gooseneck again. He came under no pressure from behind and took the win by more than four seconds, as well as setting a new lap record.
Rouse now holds a 58-point advantage in the championship over nearest rival Freddy Pett. The next round of the Triumph Triple Challenge will be held at Donington Park on September 6-8.