After the Brands Hatch dissapointment, Chrissy hit the track at Thruxton with his eyes on the prize - claiming the unfortunately lost points from the previous race weekend.
With mixed weather conditions on the weekend, Chrissy pulled out all the stops to score points on both races at the weekend, landing a 3rd position podium finish in race 1 and a 7th position finish on race 2.
Chrissy qualified in 8th position for race 1 and after another of his more-common-than-not blazing starts, was quickly up to sixth position. A bit of a battle with Tom Neave began and Chrissy soon jumped into 5th position through Brooklands and Church, the renowned quick bends of Thruxton.
Breaking free of Neave, the defending Champ slid by McConnell and pushed his way through until he hit 2nd position on the track which he unfortunately had to surrender to Luke Stapleford, leaving Chrissy to fight off McConnell for the rest of the race - finishing in 3rd position with just 0.092 seconds to spare before McConnell crossed the line in 4th!
Race 2 on Sunday was preceded by rain showers, a scene reminiscent of Brands Hatch, where Chrissy lined up in 9th on the grid. Another brilliant early push had Chrissy setting into 6th position early on in the race - before a battle with Stapleford and Ian Hutchinson knocked him back to seventh, quickly followed by Neave and Rogers hitting back to push Chrissy back into his starting position of 9th place.
Never to be taken lightly, the Geordie soon fought back and passed both Rogers and Hutchinson, fighting on to take back 6th position on the track. With one of the greatest battles we've seen, Chrissy was unfortunately JUST beaten across the line by a few tenths of a second by both Hutchinson and Farmer, leaving Chrissy to cross the line in 8th place.
However, Keith Farmer was disqualified from the race leaving Chrissy to soak up the extra points and position bump up to 7th place as his final position of race 2.
“All things considered, it was a good weekend at Thruxton,” Rouse admitted. “I was absolutely delighted to get a podium on Saturday with a hard-fought third place.
“Race two didn’t go to plan, I didn’t have the pace to match the front group and ended up seventh. However, I managed to close in on a few lads in the championship over the weekend and as Thruxton has historically been my worst track for results I was happy with 25 points over the weekend.”
Rouse maintains his sixth-place standing in the championship and is now tied on points with Luke Mossey as the series moves to Donington Park’s National Circuit over the weekend August 13-15.