Better every race!
The remainder of the 2019 season is looking up for #69 Chrissy Rouse after pulling off another brilliant performance in BOTH race sessions at Oulton Park last weekend!
In BOTH race sessions Chrissy was less than a second away from the podium - definitely showing off that he's a strong competition for the podium in the SuperStock 1000!
The weekend started off slightly down - with only one practice session available as heavy rain lashed down and stopped the 2nd free practice period from running, but Chrissy was okay with this and qualified for a 4th position start on Saturday's 12-lap race session.
He moved quickly up to third place in the opening lap on his Morello Racing Kawasaki, which he superbly held on to up until lap 5 where Luke Hedger managed to push on by him. With his rival slightly up on him, Chrissy consistently pushed and challenged him - putting the pressure on for the remainder of the race. He did manage to push back to third for a short time on the final lap, but unfortunately he fell back to 4th and finished just a minuscule 0.60 seconds behind third!
Sunday saw a return to the track for the 2nd race period - this time a 14 lap event.
Chrissy was lined up 6th for the start of this session, and again he was so quick to jump up the roster as he pushed into fifth in the first lap. With continued momentum he jumped back up to 4th place on lap two - constantly closing the gap to the podium pack.
If Chrissy was closer to Lee Jackson's back wheel, he would've been riding pillion! He stuck with him for the majority of the race up until the final lap - regularly swapping third and fourth place between them - until Jackson thwarted him and retook third position.
So, as close as it was, Chrissy ended the 2nd race period in 4th position - just 0.183 seconds behind a podium finish this time!
So, a belting competitive display from Chrissy this weekend - and 26 points to bring home to the championship sees Chrissy push to 6th position in the table! With performances as strong as he's displayed recently - Chrissy could indeed push up the table and end the season in 4th position potentially!
So how did Chrissy feel about the weekend?
Over to Chrissy!
“The races were exciting and fun, but to be in third place on the last lap of both races and not get a podium is quite a hard pill to swallow. The front three were very strong in that second race. I really enjoyed being up there, it was great to be involved at the front.
“In Saturday’s race I started fourth and got up to third but then I had three or four really big moments and almost crashed. I didn’t feel like I had the grip to run the pace I was expecting.
“But on Sunday I felt the grip was how I expected and I was able to run with the leaders. It was an exciting race, but I wanted to make that move on Lee in the final corner. When Taylor rejoined in between us it messed that plan up and then I had a big slide at Druids and that was it, I couldn’t get close enough to either of them to get past before the flag.”
*Images by Bonnie Lane