Seventh heaven for G&S rider Fisher

Tom Fisher. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Tom Fisher. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

All three G&S Racing Kawasaki riders completed their races at Brands Hatch in the opening rounds of the National Superstock 1000 and 600 championships.

Tom Fisher claimed the best result of seventh in the 600 class for the Wyberton-based team.

Dave Ferns was ninth in the qualifying race and Dominic Usher 25th in the 1,000cc race.

With a shortage of pre-season testing time because of the inclement weather it was always going to be an uphill struggle for Fisher, and this reflected in his qualifying position of 14th.

But as he began the 22-lap National Superstock 600 Championship race he anticipated the lights to perfection and made up five places to ninth on the first lap.

He continued to make progress and entered into a number of battles for position before finally completing his race in a fine seventh place.

Fisher said: “I did suffer with a lack of rear end grip coming out of Clearways but apart from that I had a good race.

“I definitely need to find more grip for the next round as Thruxton is a fast and bumpy circuit.

“I have to thank my sponsors and the team at G&S Racing Kawasaki for their support this year, we have started the season with a strong top 10 result and will hope to build on that throughout the season.”

Usher completed qualifying for his first Superstock 1,000 race for G&S Kawasaki in 28th place and began the race from the seventh row but was unfortunate to get a poor start and become boxed in at Paddock Hill Bend.

He completed the first lap down in 35th place near the back of the field but once he settled into the race began to mount a come back.

He picked off the riders ahead of him one by one until he reached 25th position with six laps remaining and crossed the finish line in that position after making up 10 places on the short and technical Indy circuit which has few passing opportunities.

Ferns is back from injury after having broken his shoulder in a racing accident at Oulton Park last May and has not been on a bike for nearly a year, so was to take his time easing himself back into racing mode.

After completing his qualifying in 36th position he unfortunately didn’t make the grid for Sunday’s race but instead was placed on the second row of the grid for the Last Chance qualifier where the top eight riders go through to the main race. Dave was unlucky to finish in ninth place and miss out on a ride in the feature race on Sunday.