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.”
About NGK SPARK PLUG: 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 and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five technical centres. NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is a leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors, plus ignition coils, to the independent UK automotive aftermarket.
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