NATIONAL Superstock 1000 rider Chrissy Rouse dominated the weekend as he crossed the border to tackle the opening round of the Knockhill Motor Sports Club Championship.
The Geordie interloper took five wins from five races and smashed the KMSC Superbikes lap record at the Fife circuit aboard his Mission Racing BMW S1000RR.
After setting the fastest time in qualifying, the 2013 Triumph Triple Challenge and former Superteen champ looked to be very much in control, but was expecting some pressure from local favourite and Thundersport GB race winner Paul McClung, who had been the dominant rider at the opening round of the Melville series earlier this month.
And with Lewis Rollo, another rider who is no stranger to the Scottish silverware, also in attendance, it looked like the three big hitters would be giving race fans plenty to watch at the front.
But as soon as the opening race began, it was clear Rouse was in a class of his own as he stormed off into the distance leaving Rollo and McClung to scrap it out for second.
However, it was to be a short-lived battle as McClung endured a massive off on the fourth lap, forcing a red flag. The Haddington rider was up on his feet quickly but the bash to the head was enough to rule him out of the weekend.
With McClung out for the restart of race one, Rouse once again rocketed off into the distance and left Rollo to chase ahead of National Superstock interloper and fellow Scottish speedster Max Alexander.
The latter pair could do nothing as the Newcastle ace took the chequered flag nearly five seconds ahead of Rollo and over six clear of Alexander.
Of the remaining Scottish and three KMSC Superbike races, the order ended exactly the same, with only the final race of Sunday providing any promise for a change as Rollo cut his gap to first to less than a second at the end of the race, pushing Rouse to a new KMSC Superbikes lap record of a 49.839.
“I’m really happy with how the bike’s feeling, the lap times we achieved were around what I was hoping for given the circumstances,” Rouse told UK Clubsport.
“Pole at Knockhill last year was a 49.2, so we still have some time to find before we come back with BSB in June, but we’re moving in the right direction.”
“The KMSC is fantastic, really friendly and they make you feel at home so thanks to all the staff and everyone, it’s been a good weekend.”
Round two of the Knockhill Motor Sports Club is scheduled for May 27 and 28, which could very well see even more BSB support series competitors in attendance for last-minute track time ahead of their June regular-season return.
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