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Rouse roars to top of championship

Motorcycle star Chrissy Rouse – who is sponsored by NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd – has raced to the top of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship after notching a win and second place at Oulton Park.

The young teacher enjoyed a great weekend on his Crowe Performance Racing BMW to go 27 points clear of second-placed Tom Neave in the title chase.

Rouse headed the timesheets in both free practice sessions and qualified on pole for Saturday’s 14-lap race.
After a quick start he led into the first corner and had almost half a second over Lewis Rollo by the end of the opening lap.

But he suffered a mechanical issue on lap four which forced him wide and he dropped back to third. However, he was quickly back up to second and had clawed back almost two of the three second lead Rollo now had when the same problem hit and once again he dropped back to third.

Again he managed to grab back the place on the penultimate lap, finishing second to Rollo and taking 20 valuable points to move ahead of Neave in the championship.

Starting second on the grid in Sunday’s race, Rouse tucked-in behind Rollo into turn one and took the lead at the chicane. From there he was never troubled and enjoyed a comfortable race out in front to take his second win of the year, almost two seconds ahead of runner-up Rollo.

He posted on his account: “It’s been an amazing weekend, to have such great results and come away with a large championship lead is just brilliant. On Saturday it turned out we had a problem with the shift cam sensor so I was really happy to get a second place despite such a technical issue.

“To get the win on Sunday was just the perfect ending to what’s been a fantastic weekend. I’d had four seconds on the trot so I was getting a bit fed up of those, so to be back on the top step meant the world.”

Fellow NGK-sponsored rider Brayden Elliott also enjoyed a highly successful weekend, claiming a podium finish to come third in the first race and finishing fifth in the second on his Suzuki.

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager Mark Hallam said: “It was another fantastic weekend for Chrissy which puts him in a very strong position as we enter the final straight of the championship. Brayden too did superbly well, scoring big points in both races and making the podium.”

The championship now moves on to Donington Park on October 2-4.


Notes to Editors


Worldwide: NGK SPARK PLUG is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. For the Aftermarket, its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand. Under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics the company offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. With around 16,000 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.5 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales (including its EU, UK, France and Eurasia subsidiaries) represent 26.1% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and four Technical Centres.


Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK SPARK PLUG’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region the company has ten group companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.


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