Pile-up puts Chrissy on the back foot

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MORPETH-BASED SGR Racing’s Chrissy Rouse had a disappointing finish to his opening round of the Sunoco British 125GP Championship at Brands Hatch after a promising start.

The youngster, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, had made an amazing start to his first British level season.

The current Aprilia Superteen Champion qualified in ninth place for the highly competitive championship, ruffling the feathers of some of the series regulars.

He originally got off to a flying start when the lights first went out and was in the top four when a pile-up at the start caused the race to be red flagged.

On the re-start, Rouse didn’t get away so well and whilst pushing to move forward Rouse ran wide clipping the curb stones and crashed out on Hailwood Hill during the second lap of the race.

Rouse said: “I’m gutted that this is how our weekend has finished up, it was never in the game plan. I’ve felt confident in my SGR Racing Honda and I was sure I could pull off a decent result.

“I was really pleased with qualifying and with how well the team worked together so I’ll learn from this weekend and make sure the result comes at Oulton Park where I hold the lap record in the Superteen class.”

Team Manager Stephen Kinghorn said: “I’m devastated for Chrissy as he has worked so hard this weekend. I’ve been really impressed with his attitude and his talent.

“These things happen in racing so we will just look on the positives, a ninth place qualifying first time in the British paddock is not to be sniffed at. We will bounce back at Oulton Park.

“Thanks to everyone who has supported us, we’ve had a lot of interest and I really appreciate it.”