CHRISSY Rouse believes there is still plenty to come this season as he continues to fight in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship after banking two more strong points finishes at Donington Park.

The Geordie maths teacher had a tough weekend at the iconic circuit’s National layout, but nevertheless still came home with a solid haul of points and is still very much in the championship chase.

The weekend started well for the GR Motosport rider as he topped the timesheets in first practice before slipping back to fourth in the combined results and then qualifying in 12th position for Saturday’s race, which was held under wet conditions.

Rouse got a fast getaway and made up nine places in the opening lap to start lap two in third place, moving up to second on lap four after a move on Fraser Rogers.

But as the track began to dry he began to struggle for grip and had a big moment on lap eight which dropped him down the order. Despite his attempts to push further he was unable to get any higher up the order than eighth at the chequered flag.

Starting Sunday’s race from eighth, Rouse had been hoping the dry track would bring better results. After another quick start he found three places on lap one but he soon discovered he didn’t have the same pace as the rest of the leaders and slowly dropped back, eventually crossing the line seventh.

However, the championship remains wide open and with Rouse sitting seventh and just 29 points adrift of the leader, there is still time to turn his fortunes around.

“It ended up being a really tough weekend at Donington,” he said. “The first race started off brilliantly getting straight up in to the leading pack and sitting in a comfortable second for the first chunk of the race.

“But as the track dried I really struggled for rear grip and went backwards, eventually finishing eighth. In the second race, I got off to another good start but I wasn’t able to match the pace of the front group and again went backwards through the race to finish seventh.

“I’m struggling to find what I want at the moment from the bike, my team are putting a huge effort in to try different options and I keep feeling we have made a step forward with set up but I believe we have not yet unlocked the true potential of our package.”

Rouse is back out again this weekend at one of his favourite circuits, Cadwell Park, where he hopes to bring home a strong result.