NATIONAL Superstock runner Chrissy Rouse is set to mount a Scottish invasion this weekend as he heads to Knockhill.
Word coming in from the mean cobbles of Tyneside suggests the Geordie racer will be crossing the border equipped with his Mission Racing BMW to tackle the first round of the Knockhill Motor Sport Club racing season.
Fresh from his second round at Brands Hatch last weekend, the Newcastle University student is making the most of the Easter holidays by getting in as much racing as he can.
And this is set to include this weekend’s KMSC round, which forms the second round of the Scottish championships.
When the SACU series got underway at East Fortune with Melville earlier this month, it was Paul McClung who took command, winning all of the Scottish Superbike races.
And having also had a strong start to his Thundersport GB season where he has already taken a win at Donington Park, he is clearly on form at the moment.
Add to the fact that he’s probably won more races at Knockhill than Nando’s waiter Rouse has had plates of chicken (and we’ve seen him eat a lot of chicken) then he’s surely going to be a hard man to beat.
But Rouse has a year in National Stock 1000s under his belt and has emerged as a frontrunner in the series this year, currently lying fourth in the championship after a strong opening two rounds
He’s already dipped his toes into the murky club racing waters this season when he rocked up to the opening round of the NG Road Racing to test his bike for the first time this year.
He was narrowly beaten each time by NG supremo Josh Day, but now, having had more time on the bike and looking stronger than he has in years, he will certainly be looking for some silverware to take back to Geordieland.
“I’m really looking forward to the weekend,” he told UK Clubsport. “It’s a great chance to get some valuable testing in, and the Scottish rounds are always really well run, fun events so I’m looking forward to heading up there and seeing how we run against the regulars.”
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