With Kevin Van Leuven returning after missing the Thruxton race, the G&S Racing Kawasaki team was back up to full strength for round eight of the Superstock 1000 championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
Unfortunately, Tom Fisher was forced to retire from the race on the penultimate lap but Van Leuven was able to complete the race in 19th position.
The competition was fierce and, after posting his fastest ever lap around the Brands Hatch GP course, Fisher was certain he had secured a top 15 position on the starting grid.
But although he was only just over a second away from pole he was amazed that he was the 24th fastest rider and was to start the race from the eighth row.
He began to make progress through the field but the pace was such that it was difficult to make a pass stick. Up to 19th mid-race, his bike began to suffer from tyre wear and the brake issue that had plagued him throughout practice was becoming worse.
Tom made a slight mistake on the penultimate lap because of the brake issue and decided it was better to pull in to the pits rather than perhaps crash and cause damage to the bike or injury to himself.
Meanwhile, it was Kevin’s first time on the GP circuit on the big bike and he too was posting some fast laps. He qualified just one place behind his team-mate to start the 15 lap race from the ninth row. He made steady progress throughout the 15 laps to complete the affair in 19th place.
Team manager Mark Fisher said: “The pace was hot, the track was hot and the weather scorching hot.
“All things considered we have had a good weekend and both riders have gone well.
“We need to address our qualifying as this is what is letting us down. Our lap times are on a par with those of the riders way ahead of us, so if we could qualify better we could stay with them and finish in the points.”
Next round is at the team’s local circuit of Cadwell Park over the Bank Holiday weekend (August 27-29), where Tom usually does well .