CHRISSY Rouse has climbed to fourth in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship after crossing the line third at Oulton Park.
The Geordie scored his second successive podium aboard the Quinnstheprinters.com by IMR BMW after a hard-fought race at the Cheshire track.
The result comes at the end of a tough weekend for the Newcastle University student, which included a very high-speed off in Saturday’s second free practice session.
The team worked hard to rebuild his machine, and Rouse was back out for qualifying on Sunday, securing the fourth quickest time to start from the second row for the 15-lap race.
At the start, he got a quick getaway and was up into second place almost instantly, before taking the lead seconds later.
He led the race for the first six laps, but soon came under pressure from Andy Reid, Joe Collier and Keith Farmer. Reid and Collier found a way past, but Reid then retired with a bike issue, and the battle became a three-way fight all the way to the flag.
Despite keeping in very close contact Farmer and Collier, Rouse wasn’t able to find a way into the lead, and after running just slightly onto the grass heading into the final corner, he settled for third.
“After the weekend I’ve had, I’m just happy to have been able to bring back the bike third and grab another strong haul of points,” he said. “Of course, when you’ve led a race, it’s never the same to not win it, but I certainly can’t complain about this result.
“Ian Moffitt and the Quinnstheprinters.com BMW by IMR team worked flat out to get me back out on Sunday after the crash on Saturday, and I’m pleased that I’ve been able to get them another podium.
“Third today was a good result and it’s helped me climb up to fourth in the championship, and that’s all that matters at this point.”
The championship now takes its traditional six-week TT break, which falls at the perfect time for the Maths student, who is about to sit his final exams.
“My exams start next week and they’ll be keeping me busy for a while, but it’s perfect for me because once we come back after the break, I’ll be finished at university and it’ll be nice to be relieved of that pressure.
“All in all it’s been a good weekend. We’ve climbed up in the championship and we’ve given the team something to cheer about.
“I did really want to get the win as a thank you to the team for all their efforts, they were all amazing and I’d just like to say thanks to them all, as well as Phil Crowe for helping me get back on track.
“Now we can look ahead to the rest of the season, and it’s looking very positive.”
*Images: Bonnie Lane