CHRISSY Rouse controlled the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 action this afternoon as he beat Billy McConnell to just his second class victory.
Crowe Performance BMW’s leading rider made amends for a back row start yesterday and emerged victorious from today’s battle with both McConnell and Lewis Rollo to score 25 points.
But on the original start this morning it was drama before the lights went out as both Jordan Weaving and Ian Hutchinson were wheeled off the grid, the South African for tyre pressure infringements and the TT star with electrical gremlins.
Yesterday’s winner Tom Neave was quickest into Redgate as Kent tucked in behind, but by the end of lap one the former world champ had been shuffled back as Tim Neave moved through the pack and caught up to his brother, slotting into second ahead of Damon Rees, Joe Collier and Chrissy Rouse.
Rouse then jumped up to fourth as Collier dropped to eighth as the Geordie, along with new lap record holder Kent, began to make inroads to third-placed Rees.
But it was all brought to a halt moments later with just four laps completed as Shane Richardson was shown the meatball flag before dumping his Astro JJR BMW at Redgate and with oil contaminating the start-finish straight, chiefs threw the red flags.
On the 16-lap restart this afternoon, it was carnage before the end of the first lap as Tim Neave led the pack with Rees and Rouse just behind, but it was Richard Cooper who hit the deck before being clipped by passing riders as his Bathams BMW cartwheeled off track.
With the reigning champ down and medical staff on hand, red flags were thrown once again as the race was pushed off to the end of the programme.
But as they finally got underway just before 6pm, Tom Neave was forced to start from the back as brother Tim led into Redgate for the first of 14 laps with Rees and Rouse just behind and former British Supersport champ Billy McConnell chasing.
On lap four, Rouse found a way past Rees and IN Competition Aprilia’s Lewis Rollo followed him through past the Kiwi moments later.
And Rouse continued his charge as he snatched the lead from Hawk Racing’s Neave the very next lap before Rollo and McConnell both moved into podium positions past the Lincolnshire rider.
With less than two laps to go, Rollo sneaked past Rouse but Rouse was right back in front as he hit back at Redgate and regained the lead while the Scotsman was shuffled back to fourth.
OMG Racing’s McConnell was nipping at the maths teacher’s heels, but the Aussie failed to advance and after defending into the chicane, Rouse scored the win.
New Zealand’s Rees took third ahead of Rollo, who bagged fourth after Danny Kent’s last-lap crash, while Tom Neave took fifth from the back of the grid.