Damp Donington scuppers G&S rider Van Leuven

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Things didn’t quite go to plan for G&S Racing Kawasaki at Donington Park, when the sole rider Kevin Van Leuven failed to qualify for his national Superstock 600 race, mainly due to the wet conditions at the Leicestershire circuit.

Friday’s free practice session went really well for the Dutch rider, who completed the session in 11th place and was quickest through the speed trap, a result that was looking promising for qualifying the next day.

But the weather took a turn for the worse and it was raining heavily for both sessions.

Van Leuven was unable to get comfy on the bike and couldn’t get to grips with the notoriously difficult track in the wet conditions.

Subsequently, he dropped down the order and although his fastest lap was within the required time he just missed out on a place on the starting grid as he was outside the qualifying maxima.

Van Leuven said: “I am quite disappointed, but I know that if we can get some extra track time I will get my confidence up and I will go faster.

“It’s not a case of just getting to know the tracks but also getting to know the bike, especially in these conditions.

“But we will work together over the next few weeks and we will come good. I have tested at Snetterton so have some track knowledge and hopefully that will give me a little advantage.”

The next round is at Snetterton, Norfolk, on June 15.