De Jonge pays visit

The De Jongs meet up with their G&S pals.
The De Jongs meet up with their G&S pals.

Mixed fortunes met the two G&S Racing Kawasaki riders in round seven of the National Superstock 1000 and 600 championships at Brands Hatch over the weekend.

Tom Fisher rode to his best finish of the season with a fine 11th place in the Stock 1000 while Kevin Van Leuven suffered mechanical problems with his Kawasaki and nursed the bike home in 24th position.

Fisher was flying all weekend and rode to 18th in qualifying to begin his campaign from the sixth row.

As his race got underway, he completed the first lap in 17th place before making his move forward.

He progressed to 15th on lap three and then passed Kyle Wilks one lap later to move up to 13th.

He lined up Rob McNealy for a pass and made it stick on lap 11 and was then heading a large group of riders all intent on taking his position away from him.

But Fisher was not having any of it and maintained his position through to the penultimate lap.

When one of the race leaders fell on the final lap this gifted Fisher a place and he crossed the finish line for a fine 11th place.

Van Leuven had issues with the engine throughout the weekend, which the team worked hard to try to resolve.

He was only able to qualify in 18th place and started his race from the sixth row.

But although they thought the problem had been rectified it reared its head again on the sighting lap and Van Leuven knew he would struggle to complete the race.

But he got his head down and did his utmost to coax the bike to respond to him.

He fell back to 24th place but was able to nurse the bike home to the end of the 14 lap affair.

The G&S team were visited by Jordy de Jonge and his parents on Friday.

Former G&S rider Jordy, who is currently recuperating following a crash at Brands earlier in the year, was able to speak to the marshals and medics who attended him after his accident back in April, and thank them for their prompt action which clearly saved his life.

The next round is at Thruxton over the weekend of July 31-August 2.