In the latest round of the Dickies British Junior Supersport Championship – held at Scotland’s Knockhill Circuit on 30 June – brothers Kane and Luke Verwey each continued their campaigns with mixed results.
Luke dug deep to salvage a top twenty finishing position in the third race.
Inside the top ten in qualifying, Luke should have left the annual trip north of the border with a decent points haul, but in the end, his weekend turned into a ‘character building’ visit to Scotland ahead of his upcoming ‘wildcard’ race in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship at Donington Park.
Weekends like this often define careers, and for the #76 XG Racing Kawasaki rider he will look back on the latest round of the Dickies British Junior Supersport Championship as the event that he showed resilience and perseverance, working well with the team. He will no doubt be back at the sharp end when the series resumes at Snetterton in mid-July.
“Qualifying was not bad; I was inside the top ten, but the track was just so busy with about forty-four riders trying to make the grid. The gap to the front wasn’t that far so I was confident and knew I needed to be aggressive.
“I was running around tenth for the whole of the first race, but I was struggling up the hills being a few kilos heavier, especially when my mid corners were being stuffed. I went down with a lap to go through no fault of my own which was disappointing to say the least.
“After the Race 1 crash the rest I was on the back foot for the rest of the weekend but that’s racing.
“The main thing is that I am ok, and it won’t affect next weekend’s World Supersport 300 wildcard. Really looking forward to being back in the WorldSBK paddock, showing everyone what I can do and hopefully giving the British fans something to cheer about!”
Kade claimed 54 points and the championship lead after a win (his second consecutive this year), a second and a third.
Pole Position on Saturday was converted to a fourth podium of the season later that day; Kade mastering the tight and twisty Knockhill Circuit by a margin of just over a second. He backed up Saturday’s win with a fighting third in Sunday’s opening fifteen lap encounter before once again running at the sharp end in race three, missing out on the podium in a photo-finish after another race long tussle in the leading group.
The long journey back over the Forth Road Bridge to Donington Park (where Kade will race in next weekend’s WorldSSP300 Championship – the UK round of the series) will be more enjoyable than usual – the #7 having taken a slender five-point lead in the British Championship after his Scottish exploits.
“I was really happy to get the win in the opening race. I thought it would get stopped because of the weather so the plan was to lead as much as I could.
“The red flag came out as I started the last lap but that was enough to give me the win. The second race was carried over to this morning from Saturday. I don’t normally go that well in damp conditions so to get onto the podium was like getting the monkey off my back. It was a good race. I was second for most of it, but I lost the drive in the run to the last corner.
“The final race was another great scrap. I was so close to the podium again but in terms of the championship I finished ahead of my nearest rival and now lead the championship going to Snetterton.
“Before then I get to race with the World’s best once again as I am wildcarding at Donington Park next week. I learned so much last year and even though I know it will be a competitive field I am hoping to show that I have the pace to race at this level full time in the future. “Massive thanks to the entire XG Racing team and all of my sponsors and supporters. See you there!”