Fisher finishes in finest fourth spot

Tom Fisher.
Tom Fisher.

TOM Fisher claimed fourth place for Wyberton’s G&S Racing/Kawasaki Team Green at Snetterton this wekend.

He was competing in the Metzeler Superstock 600 class.

Fisher was on form all weekend, completing his qualifying in a personal best position of fourth for a front row start to the 12-lap race.

He was confident of a good result from the 2.99-mile Snetterton circuit.

As the lights went out he was swallowed up in the pack at the first corner, completing his first lap in seventh place.

But he soon began his move forward and was up to sixth one lap later.

Hanging onto the shirt tails of the leading group, he passed Tim Hastings and, one lap later, made his way past Jonny Blackshaw into fourth position.

By the midway stage of the race he was all over the back of Lee Jackson in third place and, on lap seven, he took advantage when Jackson made a slight mistake.

But Jackson fought back and the pair exchanged places throughout the lap with Fisher in third as they began lap eight.

There was a tremendous battle between the top six riders and Fisher continued to battle it out with Jackson, crossing the finish line in his slipstream for his best ever finish in fourth place. He collected 13 championship points, which moves him up to eighth in the rider standings.

“I was hanging on in there throughout the race,” said Fisher. “I only just missed out on the podium and really I cannot be disappointed with fourth as it’s my best ever result in this class.”

Jonathan Howarth was suffering a torrid weekend in the 1,000cc class.

He began the weekend on the back foot as the bike suffered an engine fault on the first lap of free practice and he was forced to sit out the session.

Howarth qualified for a seventh-row start to the 14-lap race.

Although he worked his way through to a top-20 position on the first lap, he then had to take avoiding action and run wide to prevent him hitting another rider who had suddenly slowed.

By the time he got back on course Howarth found himself down in 32nd place with an awful lot of work to do.

But he got his head down and began to move through the back markers finally completing the race in 22nd position.

Team rider Tom Young, who also rides in the 600 class, was absent due to university exams.

The trio will return to action at Knockhill on June 24.