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NGK-sponsored motorcycle racer Chrissy Rouse has scored his first points in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, earning the praise of his new team boss.
The 22-year-old made it into qualifying two on his Halsall Team Racing Suzuki and then bagged 11th and 14th places at Brands Hatch in only his second Superbike meeting.
Team boss Colin Wright said: “It’s been a good day and the improvements by everyone are clear to see. We need to remember that this was only our second race meeting together, it was just Chrissy’s second time on a Superbike and it’s been very much a case of us all still getting to know each other and how we all work. Chrissy has once again shown me that he has what it takes and deserves to be in this class.”
Chrissy recently made his debut for the team at Knockhill in Scotland and although he failed to finish in both races said it was “a dream come true.”
Speaking after his Brands Hatch appearance, he said: “I’m really happy, it’s been a fantastic weekend and I’m pleased with the results, particularly the first race. I thoroughly enjoyed both of the races as I feel I’ve learnt so much more about the bike.
“Of course, there is still a long way to go but I’m thrilled that I can take home points in just my second BSB race, and to know I was so close to the top 10 is a real boost for me.
“I’m definitely making good progress. I’m learning more about the Superbike and how I need to ride it to get the best from it, and the improvement from my first race a fortnight ago is clear. I’m really excited about doing it all over again at the next round.”
Ignition specialist NGK has been a long-standing supporter of Chrissy, who hails from Burnopfield near Newcastle and is due to start teacher training soon after completing his mathematics degree at Newcastle University.
Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It was a fantastic performance by Chrissy at Brands Hatch especially as it was only his second Superbike meeting. I am sure he will continue to impress over the rest of the season.”
NGK-sponsored four-time World Speedway champion Greg Hancock narrowly missed out on his second podium finish of the season when he came fourth in the Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix.
The 48-year-old Californian reached the final in front of more than 40,000 fans at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium with Poland’s Bartosz Zmarzlik winning the event ahead of Britain’s Tai Woffinden, the current championship leader.
Greg scored 12 points during the meeting and lies in sixth place in the championship, just six points behind third placed Maciej Janowski.
Fellow NGK-sponsored rider Emil Sayfutdinov made the semi-finals in Cardiff and is in fourth place in the overall standings on 56 points.
It was a frustrating evening for NGK stablemate Matej Zagar who scored just six points on the night while the 2018 British champion Robert Lambert, who is also supported by NGK, had a night to forget scoring just one point and being involved in a spectacular collision with current World Champion Jason Doyle who had to be taken to hospital suffering from minor fractures.
NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager Mark Hallam said: “It was a fantastic meeting in Cardiff, full of excitement and drama. Greg has many fans in Britain and rode superbly to reach the final but unfortunately could not quite make the podium.
“Overall it was a tremendous occasion and provided great entertainment for Speedway enthusiasts lucky enough to be in the stadium or at home where it was shown live on BT Sport.”
NGK – a leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors – is a long-standing supporter of Speedway and sponsors a number of top riders as well as the Wolverhampton Wolves Speedway team.
Two NGK employees are about to set off on a near 425-mile cycling marathon to raise funds for charity.
Marko Wowczyna and Stuart Bayne are undertaking the challenge to raise money for the National Autistic Society and the Downs Syndrome Association respectively.
Setting off on Wednesday, July 25 they aim to cycle from south London to Dover, cross the Channel and then cycle into Paris down the Champs Elysee on Saturday, July 28 – the day before the Tour De France arrives in the French capital.
After a quick celebration under the Eiffel Tower, they then plan to hot foot it across Paris to catch the Eurostar to return to London in time to compete in the London Ride 100 on Sunday, July 29, a combined distance of just under 425 miles.
Marko Wowczyna, Director – Automotive, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It will be a tough challenge but is one that Stuart and I will be doing our level best to complete. The distance is a bit daunting in the timeframe we have set ourselves, but we will encourage each other as we undertake each stage.”
Earlier this year, Stuart, who is Sales Manager – North for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, took part in the London Marathon, his fourth charity money-making endeavour for the DSA, having previously raised funds by taking part in last year’s London 100 Cycle ride as well as completing sponsored rides in Europe and New Zealand.
If you would like to sponsor Marko or Stuart, please use the link @virginmoneygiving.com where any kind donations will be split between the two charities.