G&S Riders both cross line in top 20

Kevin Van Leuven. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Kevin Van Leuven. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Both the G&S Racing Kawasaki riders completed their respective races at Thruxton within the top 20 this weekend.

Kevin Van Leuven was 17th in the National Superstock 600 race and Tom Fisher finished the Stock 1000 event in 18th position.

However, both were just outside a point-scoring position.

Kevin Van Leuven qualified in 26th place for the start of his race and set off from a ninth row grid position.

The pace was fast and furious and Kevin did well to remain in contact with the leading group of riders and he made steady progress through the field to complete the 14 lap affair in 17th position.

Meanwhile Tom Fisher began his campaign from a sixth row position in the Stock 1000 race and battled within a group of riders who were exchanging places throughout the 16 laps.

Tom held 17th place to the half way stage of the race but dropped back to 19th in the closing stages.

But with three laps remaining he moved up to 18th where he remained to the chequered flag.

Team manager Mark Fisher said: “Kevin struggled a bit again this week.

“We changed the set-up to try to help him but it was still hard work for him.

“But on a positive note he was over a second faster than last year at Thruxton and he was holding his own in a very close and fast race.

“Tom went really well again this weekend although he too was unable to get up into the points.

“In qualifying he was only a second away from the pole setter and the pace was as usual very fast and competitive.

“He was disappointed not to add to his points this weekend but he was not far away. “To be fair grip was not as good as it could have been in either race.”

The next round is at Cadwell Park over the weekend of August 21-23.