MORE POINTS FOR KADE VERWEY AFTER STRONG BRANDS HATCH WEEKEND
KADE Verwey continued to pick up the points after two strong Pirelli National Superstock Championship races at Brands Hatch over the weekend.
The Silverstone-based rider is taking many positives away from the fifth round of the series as it made its first of two annual visits to the iconic Kent track – and is happy with his progress in his maiden season on 1000cc machinery.
Aboard his Team XG Racing BMW, Verwey quickly got to grips with the circuit and high temperatures, qualifying 20th on the grid from 36 riders ahead of the opening race on Saturday afternoon.
After a good start, he got a little boxed in into turn one but was able to hold position before starting to make moves through the field and was up to 15th when the race was stopped five laps early after another rider crashed.
Lining up 19th for Race Two, he got another clean start but found himself on the outside at Druids which pushed him wide and he lost a couple of places. Quickly regaining one, his progress was halted temporarily when the safety car was deployed on lap two.
When it went in, he was soon able to make more progress as he pushed on and made his way up to 14th position by the chequered flag.
“I’m really pleased with my progress over the weekend,” he said. “Despite our great weekend at Knockhill, I wasn’t expecting to suddenly be in the top 10 every time – I’m being realistic, this is my first year on a 1000cc machine and my goal is simply to collect points at every round.
“I was happy with qualifying and looking forward to the races – and I enjoyed both of them. In Race One, I got a good start but got boxed-in at the first corner but after that it was a good race. It ended early but I was running 15th so I was happy – I got a point, and that’s all I was hoping for.
“It was very hot which made it slippery for everyone so I had to adapt to a different style of riding to what I’m used to as the rear was spinning up a lot. In the second race I just did what I could, had a steady race and chipped away.
“I was matching the frontrunners’ times but was just a bit off on average but I’m pleased with that. I struggled a bit with overtaking this weekend because it’s a tight track but I finished 14th among riders with a lot more experience.
“I think we performed well and from here we just need to keep moving forward and building each time. I think by the time we come back at the end of the year, hopefully we can get a top 10 as we continue to build momentum.”
Verwey’s next outing will be at Thruxton in Hampshire in just under three weeks’ time.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie Lane
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