G&S team take ‘big step forward’

Tom Fisher at Donington EMN-160530-140038002
Tom Fisher at Donington EMN-160530-140038002

The two G&S Racing Kawasaki riders Tom Fisher and Kevin Van Leuven scored solid results in their Superstock 1000 race at Donington Park on Sunday.

They were competing as part of the support package for the World Superbike Championship round.

Both the Wyberton-based team riders were on good form and secured strong results in their qualifying practice on Saturday.

Tom was 16th in qualifying and began his campaign from the sixth row of the grid, and as the lights went out he began to move forward.

By lap six of 16 he was up into 13th place, but towards the end of the race he began to encounter some problems with the Kawasaki and ended up 17th at the chequered flag.

Tom was then elevated a place up to 16th when another competitor’s machine failed the post-race scrutineering.

Although just missing out on a points finish, Tom was pleased with his result and said: “It was a bit of a disappointing end to my weekend to get so near to scoring points.

“I had a bit of a battle with an over aggressive rider, but that’s racing.

“I struggled to get past him and then got duffed up as I tried to make a move on the guy in front.

“But it was just one of those things really and then I began to find a few problems with the electronics towards the end of the race which made it a bit loose.

“Hopefully with the test at Snetterton and then on to Knockhill we can start chipping away and get closer to the front of the field.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Van Leuven was riding really well and qualified directly behind his team-mate on row seven.

Although he didn’t get the best of starts he soon recovered and began to pick off the riders ahead to take up 17th place on lap 13.

He was overtaken by Tom Tunstall one lap later and crossed the finish line in 18th position, but, with the disqualification of the rider who failed the post-race scrutineering, he, too, was elevated a place to score the best result of the current campaign in 17th place.

Kevin said: “I am definitely happy with that. I can run the pace, but I seem to struggle a bit on the brakes.

“At the beginning of the race the brakes are mint, but after a couple of laps I had to squeeze harder and harder.

“It’s good to be up there with these guys who have a lot more experience in this class, and now it’s just a matter of step by step and work on the bike so next time I can attack and get up into the points.”

Team manager Mark Fisher said: “We made a big step forward this week. Tom unfortunately had a bit of an issue with the traction on the bike, which started after lap one and plagued him during the race and caused him to slip back a little bit.

“We qualified really well and Tom went faster than ever and had a good battle with another seven or so riders.

“Kevin went well and was right behind Tom and is improving his lap times with every outing.”

The next round is at Knockhill on June 26. Prior to that there is a British Superbike test at Snetterton on June 15/16.