News for 2017
Rouse Reigns Supreme to Become 2010 Aprilia Superteen Challenge Champion.
In very wet and cold conditions at the final round of the ThundersportGB series at Donington Park over the weekend, JDF Team rider Chris Rouse fulfilled his dream to become the 2010 Superteen Champion.
The final round was always going to be a tense affair between 15 year old Chris Rouse and young Scotsman Callan Bey. Rouse went in to the last round with a healthy 67 points lead over the young Scot, Bey the only rider left able to challenge the young Geordie rider.
JDF team boss John Davies “As we all know in this sport and in particular this series, anything can and does happen. Therefore it is not over until it is over. Take our 2007 campaign with James Folkard. He went into the last round at Brands Hatch with a deficit of 21 points behind Danny Kent. This was despite James leading the Championship most of the year. The series was decided on the line of the last lap of the last race to give James the title by just three points!”
Chris knew he had to take minimum risk to maintain the 67 point lead. Chris Rouse later said “The last round in some ways was the most difficult of the year. 67 points was a good lead, however with 100 points on the table it is easy to end up under pressure as a result of mechanical failure or DNF due to a fall. That said, I concentrated on doing what I had done most of the season in this situation, turn the pressure on to the rest of the field, as Team Manager John Davies has said more than once, ‘you are either giving pressure in this sport or taking it, make sure the other rider takes the pressure!’”
The championship was decided in the first race as young Scot Bey fell in an incident with another rider. In race two, Rouse finished second behind wet weather master Jake Dixon. Luckily, the first race on Sunday was run in bright, dry conditions to allow the young riders to put on a display as good as we have seen all season. Rouse took the win from Dixon with Josh “Pob” Daley in third, less than 0.183 of a second covering them. The win took Rouse’s final tally to 14.
Its only fitting that the final word should be from Chris Rouse “I knew I could be competitive in the series and possibly win it if I was on competitive machinery, which I was. In the 38 races over the ten rounds we never had any mechanical failures or issues with the machines, they ran like clockwork.... what ever that is!”
Watch out for more news on this exciting young prospect.