Conditions don’t suit Superstock riders at Brands Hatch event

Kevin Van Leuven.
Kevin Van Leuven.

Things didn’t go to plan for Wyberton-based G&S Racing as they ended their National Superstock season at Brands Hatch - with both Tom Fisher and Kevin Van Leuven unable to pick up any points.

Fisher qualified well in 17th position and started his Stock 1000 race from the sixth row.

But he got beat up on the first lap and pushed down the order to 21st.

Unhappy at riding in the slippery and damp conditions, Fisher dropped to 23rd place on lap eight and decided to pull in to save the bike from possible damage were he to crash.

The Stock 600 race was marred with crashes and a red flag.

Van Leuven began his race from a seventh-row grid position but never really had a chance to move forward as the pace car was deployed for a multiple crash.

Once the car left the track it was only a couple of laps later that once again there was a multiple crash which this time brought out the red flag.

A new race was to run over just six laps and with the Dutchman starting from 23rd position it was going to be an uphill battle to get anywhere near a points-scoring position.

Van Leuven set about reeling in the riders ahead moving forward on each lap until on the final lap he was up to 18th place.

Also competing in the Stock 600 round was Kirton’s Aaron Clarke.

He fought his way from the back of the grid to finish the crash-strewn affair in 23rd place.

The weather played its part in free practice and qualifying as the track was wet under the trees and damp around the rest of the track making tyre choice an issue. The free practice session was made more difficult for Clarke as his visor misted up and he struggled to see where he was going.

Starting from an eighth-row grid position, he got away to a good start and was running in 20th place on the first lap, but he then ran on the grass along the back straight which lost him time and places.

He was poised to begin his move forward when the bike just ahead of him blew the engine which caused Clarke and a few other riders to crash on the slippery surface, the Kirton youngster having to jump to avoid a bike hurtling towards him.

After the red flag Clarke began the six-lap race before finishing in 23rd.

“Well it’s safe to say that the last race of the year was eventful,” Clarke said. “It was not the way I wanted to end the season but at least we managed to get to the finish line in one piece after a very eventful few laps.”