Fisher’s first points tally

Kevin van Leuven
Kevin van Leuven

Both Wyberton-based G&S Racing Kawasaki riders were at Snetterton in Norfolk to contest the fifth round of the National Superstock 1000 and 600 championship.

Kevin van Leuven finished his race in 18th – just outside the points – and Tom Fisher scored the first Superstock 1000 points of his career by coming in 14th place.

Tom Fisher

Tom Fisher

Fisher has been improving throughout the season and it was only a matter of time before he notched up his first points.

He was on the case all weekend and began his race in the highly competitive Stock 1000 class from a third row grid position.

He got away to a fantastic start and was up into 13th place on the first lap. He moved up a place to 12th mid-race but was involved in a fierce battle for position and was pushed back to 14th on lap nine of 14.

Although he remained in contention with the riders ahead, he was unable to improve his position and ended the race in 14th place to bring two championship points back to the team.

Meanwhile, van Leuven was getting to grips with the tricky Norfolk course. This is only his second visit to the circuit and he is still learning his way around.

He began his race in the stock 600 class from the seventh row and it was always going to be a huge task to get up into a point scoring position.

But van Leuven got his head down and progressed into the top 20 on lap eight of 14. He continued to push on and with two laps remaining he passed John Ingram to secure 18th place, which he held to the chequered flag.

Team manager Mark Fisher said: “Tom has had a cracking weekend and his pace was good right through free practice and qualifying.

He got a good start and came from 22nd place through to a finish of 14th which is so good for his confidence. I’m sure he will now go one to make further improvements throughout the remainder of the season. It was Father’s Day on Sunday and Tom has given me the best present ever with his result!

“Kevin has struggled a bit this weekend. He has not been on the bike for five weeks and we made a mistake with the suspension set up and missed one session. But he settled into his race and came away with a respectable result.

“We have some really good news to pass on, Jordy De Jonge has now returned home and has recovered sufficiently from his injuries to return to college. I am sure you will join with me as I wish him well from everyone in the G&S team and we hope to go over to see him very soon.”

The next round will be at Knockhill in Scotland on July 5, where both riders will be hoping to add to their points tally.