Best result of season so far

Kevin Leuven in action at Brands Hatch.  Photo by Dave Yeomans.
Kevin Leuven in action at Brands Hatch. Photo by Dave Yeomans.
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Two out of three G&S Racing Kawasaki riders successfully completed their races at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

Kevin Van Leuven picked up points in the Stock 600 race and Tom Fisher recorded his best result of the current campaign in the Stock 1000 class.

Tom Fisher.  Photo by Dave Yeomans.

Tom Fisher. Photo by Dave Yeomans.

However, Dominic Usher was unlucky to slide off at Druids on lap 12 of the Stock 1000 race while disputing a top 15 position within a large group of riders.

Dutch rider Van Leuven rode a fine race in the Superstock 600 class to finish in 11th place and pick up another five championship points to take his total to 30, which places him 12th in the rider standings.

Starting from a fifth row grid position he was boxed in on the run to Paddock Hill and was pushed back to 19th on the first lap.

But he regrouped and began to make headway through the midfielders.

Dominic Usher.  Photo by Dave Yeomans.

Dominic Usher. Photo by Dave Yeomans.

On the penultimate lap he overtook James Lodge and mounted a challenge on Joe Francis who was just half a second ahead. But he ran out of time and crossed the finish line in 11th place for another strong points finish.

Van Leuven said: “I am a little disappointed with 11th place as I felt I could have done better.”

Stock 1000 rookie Fisher is getting to grips with the 1000cc Kawasaki and proved that by recording his best result of the season in 24th place.

Although not yet in a position to score championship points he is making steady progress.

By the time he returns to Brands Hatch for the season finale in October he will be looking to build on this performance and be knocking on the door of the top 15.

Usher came to Brands Hatch full of confidence after his top five finish at Knockhill and qualified well in 11th place.

But as the race began he was pushed wide and lost a lot of ground to complete the first lap down in 17th position.

He began to mount a comeback but then made a mistake on lap five and fell back to 24th. Once again he began a recovery, making it up to 19th on lap 11, but was unfortunate to slide off at Druids hairpin on lap 12.

Usher admitted: “I am so disappointed with the crash.

“I had qualified well and was anticipating a strong result.

“I was beginning to make progress towards a point-scoring position when I pushed a little too hard at Druids and slid off.”

The next round is at Thruxton on August 3.