COUNTY Durham motorcycle racer Chrissy Rouse made the long trip south to Brands Hatch for round seven of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship and came away with a superb double podium.

Aboard the 1000cc Mission Racing BMW, the Newcastle University student from Burnopfield followed up his recent good form with a fine performance on Saturday with a third place finish which he repeated in front of a massive crowd on Sunday at the Kent track.

The result has elevated him up to fourth in the standings going into the next round at Thruxton next weekend where he goes in search of his first win of the season.

Also in action was Newcastle rider Barry Teasdale who scored two points scoring rides aboard the Bob Henderson Racing BMW whilst in the Hyundai British Sidecar Championship, Bedale passenger Stuart Ramsay partnered Ben Holland to a podium in Saturday’s race.

STOCKTON motorcycle racer Daley Mathison overcame the tricky conditions to be the dominant force at the Barry Sheene Memorial race meeting at Oliver’s Mount Scarborough where he took no less than four victories last weekend.

Aboard the Eddie Stobart-backed 1000cc BMW and Hoj-Taj 600cc Suzuki, Mathison saw off the opposition around the switchback parkland track high above the Yorkshire resort’s South Bay to continue his excellent 2017 form going into next month’s Ulster Grand Prix.

REDCAR SG Petch Bears speedway team were looking to make amends after recent home and away defeats to Peterborough Panthers and ended up battling for a draw last Thursday night. However, heat one started badly for the Bears when Jason Garrity was disqualified for breaking the tapes meaning his place was taken by Danny Ayres. Panther’s guest rider Nike Lunna won the race from Bears’ Ellis Perks claiming second.

The points were split in the next heat when Panther’s Tom Bacon won with Bears’ Danny Ayres second and Tobias Busch third on his return after four months out due to a badly injured ankle. In heat three, Bears’ Ben Barker won from ex-Bears captain Ulrich Ostergaard with Bears rider Jonas B Andersen third. Bears’ Charles Wright won a close heat four from another Panthers guest rider, Richie Worrall, ahead of Ayres in third to leave the scoreline 13-11 to the Bears.

All changed in the next heat with a 5-1 for the Panthers with a win for Jack Holder with Lunna second and Barker third. The points were split in the next three heats with wins for Worral, Ostergaard and Perks to leave the Panthers with a slender two points lead. Barker and Andersen changed that in the next heat with a fine 5-1 score for the home side but this was quickly eliminated with a 5-1 to the Panthers pair of Ostergaard and Paul Starke.

Heat 11 saw Holder score his second win with Wright second and Lunna third which stretched the Panthers lead to four points with four heats to race. The points were split in heats 12 and 13 with wins for Starke and Wright respectively which meant going into the penultimate heat, Panthers had a four-point lead.

However, brilliant 5-1 for the Bears saw a win for Busch and Andersen second to make the points all square again going into the final heat. Holder got the gate and led to the finish, despite a strong challenge from Barker in second to leave the final score 45-45. The Bears then rode the away leg to the Panthers on Sunday and unfortunately suffered a defeat 39-53.