Mixed fortunes for G&S

Tom Fisher.
Tom Fisher.

Knockhill threw up a mixed bag of results for G&S Kawasaki on Sunday.

Tom Fisher got caught up in another rider’s crash in the Superstock 1000 class, while Kevin Van Leuven completed his shortened race in 14th place to pick up a further two championship points in the Superstock 600 class.

After scoring his first championship points at Snetterton in the last round, Fisher was optimistic of a repeat performance at the Scottish circuit for the Wyberton-based team and began full of confidence.

He finished ninth in free practice and hoped he could repeat this in qualifying.

He was 17th in the first qualifying session but hoped to make up places in the final session.

That turned out to be wrong as the weather put paid to Saturday morning’s racing and overnight torrential rain caused damage to the track which took until lunchtime to repair.

By then it was clear the full programme could not be attained and qualifying was taken from positions in the first session.

Starting from a sixth row grid position it was always going to be difficult to get up into the top 10.

However, Fisher got away to a fantastic start and was up with the front runners early on.

But as they negotiated the first corner James East fell, his bike collected Tom and both riders and machines were sent into the gravel trap.

The same sequence of events affected Van Leuven, who also had his final qualifying session cancelled and grid positions taken from the first session.

He began his campaign from the third row and was in 13th place on the first of 22 laps.

He maintained his position within a large group of riders until Ben Stafford demoted him to 14th on lap 11.

He was well placed to make progress upfield but again the weather came into play. The rain started to fall and on lap 14 the race was red flagged and a result called at two thirds distance with Kevin being awarded 14th place.

The two points awarded give him a total of 25 and place him 12th in the rider standings.

The next round is at Brands Hatch over the weekend of July 17-19.