The EBC-equipped Verwey brothers – both competing in BSB’s Dickies Junior Supersport Championship – yielded some of their very best results of the year at the Donington Park leg of the race series recently.
Kade kept his British Junior Supersport Championship hopes alive following another front-running weekend at the Leicestershire circuit.
A podium finish in each of the three ten-lap encounters means that whatever happens in the season finale at Brands Hatch this coming weekend, Kade is guaranteed second place at worst.
Second in both of Saturday’s races and a third podium of the weekend on the Sunday – this time taking third – ensures that with a maximum fifty points available at Brands, the title is literally ‘winner takes all’.
It has been a stellar season for Kade who took his thirteenth podium of the year at the 2.5-mile track, at the pointed end of proceedings throughout.
“I was really happy with how qualifying went. The conditions weren’t the best but P4 and a second-row start was where I needed to be. Race One was so frustrating. Pinson made a break because of being in the middle of a fight. I looked back at the splits and this is what cost me any chance of the win.
“The times were pretty decent, and I did my best to stay at the front of the group giving chase, but there was nothing I could do in the end, meaning it was another second place. It was a hard race, but I did what I needed to do.
“I started sixth for Race Two which was a bit more promising. It took a lap or two to get through to the leaders but there was nothing I could do in terms of overall bike speed. I couldn’t even stay in the slipstream. Anyway, it was out of my control and I rode to the best of my ability and was able to take another second. Race Three was another race-long fight and another podium.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to win, but three podiums when I have ridden the way I have is satisfying. It all comes down to Brands Hatch where I’ve gone well before. I will be giving it my all so see you there!”
Brother Luke scorched to a maiden pole position before finishing fifth in the opening race.
Verwey, who returned to the scene of his ‘wildcard’ appearance in the World Supersport 300cc Championship, was fast from the off, taking his first British Championship pole by almost half a second.
The opening 10-lap race saw him involved in the fight for podium until the end. He eventually finished just over a second away from his first podium of the year, nevertheless happy at securing his best result of 2019. Races Two and Three sadly saw Luke retire.
With just one round remaining, Luke sits 15th overall in the standings and is optimistic of a further front-running performance in the season finale at Brands Hatch.
“I had a great qualifying taking my first ever British Championship pole position. The earlier free practice was nothing special. I was just feeling my way into it as the conditions weren’t perfect.
“I had a good mentality for qualifying and felt really positive. I focused on the areas where I knew I could improve and, in the end, I was able to take pole. Race One was really good although I was a little disappointed not to take a podium after we had some small bike issues.
“Fifth was still my best result of the year so I shouldn’t really complain but I know we had the pace for more. In Race Two I had to start from fourth. I made a good start and stuck with the pack but almost immediately the same issues from the opening race were still there. I had to pull in and retire. I was hoping to make amends in the final race of the weekend but sadly that was a DNF too.
“Anyway, all in all it was a solid weekend and I can head to Brands Hatch ready to run at the front!”
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