News for 2017
Rouse extends lead in Superteen Challenge at Anglesey.
Championship leader Chris Rouse was the only rider of the leading group to keep the machine upright in trying condition at the coastal circuit.
In conditions that deteriorated over the three days from fine weather to very wet and windy conditions on the final day of racing, Rouse and the grid of youngsters gave a mature display of controlled high speed action. Lapping only four seconds slower than qualifying times the riders impressed the watching supports and spectators alike.
Wigan rider Josh Daley achieved pole position from Rouse, a well deserved reward for the controlled effort.
Race one was run on a damp track and was a gamble as to which tyres to run on the high grip Anglesey circuit. Most riders opted for the full wet which proved to be the right choice for Rouse “We made a mistake at Brands to run on the dry tyre in damp conditions. I had a good ride finishing fifth, however I think I could have improved on fifth place on the full wet” said Chris.
Race one was won by improving IOM rider Callan Cooper backing up his wet weather performance from Brands Hatch, with Rouse in second spot, Bey in third and Joe Collier in fourth place.
Race 2 saw wet weather ace Jake Dixon take up the running from Cooper who fell on lap one. Rouse kept a watching brief on positions via his pit board to see where title contenders were in the mix. The race was won by Dixon from Rouse and a back on form Luke Helm who gave Rouse a hard time throughout the 10 lap race.
The Sunday races were similar in action to the previous day, the conditions however had deteriorated. Now winds gusted close to gale force over the exposed coastal circuit to once again test the youngsters.
Cooper put in a great display to win his second of the weekend from Daley in second spot. Rouse clamed the final podium in third, with Twyman in fourth and Collier in fifth.
The final race was again won by Cooper. The race of the day though was between Rouse, Daley and Ross Twyman. Eventually Rouse and Daley pulled ahead of Twyman. Rouse and Daley were not giving up the second spot, swapping paintwork on the corners at the top end of the track. Rouse claimed second spot as the race was red flagged on the last lap.
Rouse said afterwards “It may have looked a bit dodgy but I never really had any big moments over the whole weekend, the strategy the team had worked out with me came together. It was hard not to try and go for the wins though!”
Rouse made good the deficit he lost at Brands to go into the penultimate round at Mallory with a 65 points lead in the series.