Van Leuven is in the points again

Kevin Van Leuven
Kevin Van Leuven
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Wyberton team G&S Racing Kawasaki’s three riders endured mixed fortunes when travelling to Brands Hatch for the final rounds of their respective championships.

Kevin Van Leuven produced a strong seventh place, Dominic Usher was 16th and there was an unfortunate crash for Tom Fisher, who was taken out on the first corner of his race.

Despite missing out on track time because of the weather, Dutch rider Van Leuven rode well to complete his qualifying in sixth place in the Superstock 600 class.

In a highly competitive race he held on to his sixth place through the first few laps but was beaten back to seventh on lap five and he stayed in that position to pick up a further nine points, which took his total to 57 and joint tenth in the championship.

Usher qualified well in 14th in the first session but sat out final qualifying because of the weather as there was nothing to be gained on a wet and slippery track, and a lot to lose if he were to crash.

He began from the fifth row but was caught up in the usual melee at the first corner and was pushed back to 19th.

By mid-race distance he was up to 16th place, and he stayed there to the end of the 14-lap race.

Usher ended the campaign in 16th place on 29 points.

Fisher posted some respectable lap times in practice, riding faster than the last race at Brands Hatch in July.

But as the race got underway, another rider fell and took Fisher with him as they rounded Paddock Hill on the first lap.

Prior to the Brands Hatch race, Fisher competed at Darley Moor last week where he finished sixth and seventh and was the first Superstock bike over the line each time.

Team manager Mark Fisher: “Kevin rode extremely well again. To finish seventh was a good result for him, although he deserved an even better result for his efforts.

“Kevin came to the team knowing he had to learn his way around all the different circuits as he had never ridden in the UK before.

“He proved he has the ability to run at the front and will return next year to build on the progress he made in 2014.

“Dominic had a good season and produced some solid results. It’s a shame he couldn’t quite manage a points finish but he did well and will come back strong next year.

“Tom was so unlucky. He has made some big steps forward this year, after stepping up from the 600 class to the big bike.

“Now the season is over, Tom will have some more treatment on his injured thumb over the winter lay-off and hopefully will be A1 fit for the start of the 2015 campaign.

“I would like to convey my thanks to all the sponsors and supporters who have helped our team this year.”