Kevin enjoys gr-eight effort

TERRIBLE START: Kevin Van Leuven recovered to take eighth place and eight championship points at Donington Park on Sunday. Photo by Dave Yeomans
TERRIBLE START: Kevin Van Leuven recovered to take eighth place and eight championship points at Donington Park on Sunday. Photo by Dave Yeomans
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Wyberton-based Superstock team G&S Racing Kawasaki were at Donington Park for round four of the Stock 1000 and 600 Championships as a support class to the British round of the World Superbike Championship.

Both riders secured a strong result with Tom Fisher 17th in the Stock 1000 and Kevin Van Leuven eighth in the Stock 600.

Fisher recorded a strong qualifying time to start the 12-lap race from the sixth row in 18th place and as the race got under way on Sunday morning he immediately moved forward to 15th on the opening lap.

By lap five he was holding 13th position when the course car was deployed for an accident further downfield.

When the car left the track two laps later he was pushed back down to 19th place and had to fight his way forward once again.

On the last lap he was up to 17th but ran out of time and was forced to take the chequered flag in 17th just outside a points scoring position.

Fisher admitted: “I am a bit disappointed I didn’t get up into the points.

“I was caught out when the course car left the track and was overtaken by a number of riders.

“Despite this my result is encouraging as I proved I was capable of running well within a points scoring position.”

Meanwhile ‘Flying Dutchman’ Van Leuven began his campaign in the Stock 600 race from the third row but he got a terrible start and dropped down the order to 13th on the first of the planned 10 laps.

But he soon recovered and began to chip away at the riders ahead, making his way forward to eighth on lap seven.

His progress was halted by the red flag as a couple of riders fell from their machines. With two-thirds of the race distance having been completed a result was declared on positions at seven laps, resulting in Van Leuven being awarded eighth place and eight championship points.

Van Leuven said: “I was happy with the end result but the start was just terrible.

“Then at the first corner Joe Francis had a high side and I just managed to miss him but, of course, then more people passed me.

“I must have been down in about 20th place by then but my pace was good and I managed to get further up the field. I was following another rider and we were beginning to catch the guys in front.

“If it had been a normal race distance then maybe I could have reeled them in. But the race was stopped and that was that. But we came home with some decent points which is what it is all about.”

Team manager Mark Fisher said: “I was very pleased with Tom, he has gone really well all weekend and posted faster lap times than ever before, which proves he can do the pace.

“But of course he is disappointed at not getting in the points.

“Kevin was unfortunate that his race was curtailed at seven laps.

“He has always struggled a bit at the start of a race but he made up ground and came home with a good result.

“It’s been a positive weekend for us and we made progress with Kevin’s bike and certainly found a lot of extra pace with Tom.”

Jordy De Jonge is making speedy progress in his recovery from his accident at Brands Hatch.

He will spend a couple more days recovering from an operation and then return to the Netherlands to continue his recuperation.

The next round is at Snetterton in Norfolk over the weekend of June 19-23 when Fisher will be chasing that elusive points finish and Van Leuven is looking for more points to move him further up the leaderboard.