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NGK sponsored rider makes podium

Motorcycle racer Chrissy Rouse gave the NGK-sponsored BMW by IMR team its second successive podium finish in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship with third place at Oulton Park.

However, it was not such good news for team-mate Jordan Gilbert who crashed out on lap two of the race on Bank Holiday Monday, but fortunately was only slightly injured.

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd – a leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors – is a long-standing supporter of both two and four-wheel racing and is backing the new BMW by Team IMR squad.

The weekend started well for the team with Rouse comfortably quickest in the first free practice session and Gilbert also running well but the former crashed heavily at Druids in the second session leaving the team with plenty of work to do. However, they did a sterling job with the Newcastle rider qualifying fourth quickest on Sunday afternoon and Jordan taking 11th for his best qualifying performance of the season.

On Monday both riders made great starts with Rouse leading the field at the end of the opening lap and Gilbert slotting into tenth. However, the New Denham rider’s race ended soon afterwards with a second lap crash at Cascades leaving him with a damaged finger.

Rouse continued to lead at the head of the pack and had established a 1.1 second lead by the end of lap three. Going into the final lap, it was still anyone’s race, but a couple of mistakes meant Rouse had to settle for third albeit just 0.982 seconds adrift of the race win. The result sees him remain in fourth place overall.

He said: “I made a great start and made a few mistakes during the race but given the problems, I’m pleased to have been challenging for the win and to have taken some more strong points.”

Jordan Gilbert, who is in 12th place in the championship, added: “Unfortunately, my race ended quite early and being tucked in the slipstream of a big group of riders, I arrived at Cascades quicker than before. The bike came round on me, which I saved initially, but then I lost the front and down I went, luckily only taking some skin off my finger.”

The team now has a six-week break before round four of the series takes place at Snetterton on June 15-17.

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