Luke Verwey shows speed and determination in British Junior Cup season finale
Luke Verwey continued his impressive end-of-season form to finish fifth in the final race of the Dickies British Junior Cup at Brands Hatch, starting from the back of the grid after not taking part in race one.
The result, which saw Luke carving through the field like a knife through butter, ensured the youngster from Silverstone finished an impressive seventh overall in the final championship standings, narrowly missing out on sixth!
It’s been a positive season for Luke, with front row starts and a best result of fourth. Looking ahead, Luke’s 2019 plans are still not known at this time, although wherever he lines up, the target is to finish on the podium and fight for his first British Championship race win.
Luke Verwey: “The final race of the season was one of my best races for sure. I went from the back of the grid after not starting race one, and after three laps I was up to fourth! Overall it was a really good race. There were damp patches, so I didn’t want to risk throwing it away; it was more about being consistent.
“I love riding in the wet, so I wasn’t fazed and am pretty happy to end the season strong. I am looking forward to seeing what 2019 has in store and I can’t wait to start testing once we know exactly what I will do. Massive thanks to all my supporters and a big congrats to Leon for winning the BSB title!”
Kade Verwey fourth overall after strong 2018 British Junior Cup campaign
Kade Verwey rounded out a strong debut season in the Dickies British Junior Cup with fifth and tenth place finishes in the two final rounds of the season at Brands Hatch.
Kade who took two wins and nine podium finishes during his 2018 campaign once again showed front running pace in the opening eight lap encounter, riding sensibly in the second, in wet conditions to consolidate fourth overall in the final standings.
The experience and knowledge gained from this year will stand Kade in good stead for 2019, when he will return to a yet-to-be-decided grid, with his eyes set firmly on a title!
Kade Verwey: “I qualified fourth after chipping away at my lap times and was looking forward to a good opening race. I couldn’t stay with the front bunch but managed to keep in the group fighting for third. I made a mistake on the last lap which cost me the podium. Race two was wet. I knew after the opening race that I would be fourth in the championship whatever happened, so I just used my head as I didn’t want to throw it away.
“I am really proud to have finished every race; I won a couple and made nine podiums, so I have to take the positives. I don’t know what championship I will be in next year, but I will be ready to give my all whatever we decide to do. Thank you to everyone that has made it possible for me to race this year, and congratulations to Leon for becoming British Superbike champ!”
Photographs courtesy of Bikesportpics / Ian Ward.