CHRISSY Rouse was crowned Pirelli National Superstock 1000 this afternoon as his title rival Tom Neave crashed out on the opening lap.
While Danny Kent clinched victory over Dan Linfoot, Crowe Performance’s champion did enough to lift the trophy with a third place finish.
OMG Racing’s Billy McConnell stormed off the line ahead of Rouse and Fraser Rogers, but it was disaster for Honda Racing’s Neave moments later as the Honda Racing title challenger was flicked over the highside at the exit of Druids, destroying his championship hopes.
Meanwhile, Bathams’ Linfoot and IN Competition’s Lewis Rollo forced their way ahead of Rogers to slot into third and fourth.
By lap three, Linfoot had forced his way underneath Rouse at Paddock Hill before eyeing a move on McConnell, but all the while Morello Racing’s Danny Kent was making inroads as he moved ahead of Rollo into fourth.
Just as Linfoot found a way past McConnell at Paddock, Rouse followed him through to move back into second before Kent followed them both through to nudge McConnell back to fourth.
By lap eight, Kent had moved ahead of Rouse as the former Moto3 World Champ began hunting down Linfoot, making a move just as backmarkers came into play.
And despite a last-corner drag race, Linfoot fell just a wheel short as Kent took the final win of the season.
But just behind the top two, Rouse bagged third place and, with Neave out of action, the Geordie took the championship crown.