Seventh heaven! Van Leuven rides to best finish

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Flying Dutchman Kevin Van Leuven rode well to claim his best-ever result of seventh for Wyberton’s G&S Racing in the opening round of the National Superstock 600 class.

After spending the 2014 season familiarising himself with the British circuit layouts and gaining in confidence with each outing, he is shaping up to become one of the front runners in this year’s championship.

Van Leuven got away to a good start from the third roe, moving forward to seventh place on the opening lap.

He was pushed back to eighth on lap two just as the course car was deployed for a crash at Craner Curves.

Once the car left the track, Van Leuven fell back to circulate in ninth place before moving up to finish seventh.

Seventeen-year-old Jordy De Jonge is also contesting the Stock 600 class for G&S, but as he continues to get to grips with the circuits he was one of the 15 riders who didn’t make the cut of 40 starting on the grid.

In the Stock 1,000 class, Tom Fisher was on a mission to score his first points finish in the series.

He qualified in 26th position and began his race from the ninth row, leaving him a lot of work to do to get in touch with the leading riders.

But Fisher was determined and by lap seven of 16 was up into 16th place, enjoying a battle for position within a large group of riders.

On lap 11 he made it up to 15th only to be pushed back once again one lap later.

He completed the race in 16th place, denied his first championship point by just a fraction of a second.

The next round is at Brands Hatch on April 17-19.

Pictured is Van Leuven.

Photo: Dave Yeomans.