MOTORSPORT: Ben bags a pair of podiums at Oulton

Champagne moment: Ben Wilson celebrates his double podium at Oulton Park. Photos by BOB RIDGEWAY (above) and ADRIAN SMITH (below)
Champagne moment: Ben Wilson celebrates his double podium at Oulton Park. Photos by BOB RIDGEWAY (above) and ADRIAN SMITH (below)
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BEN Wilson stormed to a pair of second places at round three of the Motorpoint British Supersport championship at Oulton Park over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Kirton ace, who moves up to second in the overall standings, also clocked a new lap record at the Cheshire circuit as his title tilt continues to gather pace.

At the double: Ben Wilson recorded a pair of second places at Oulton Park. Photo by ADRIAN SMITH

At the double: Ben Wilson recorded a pair of second places at Oulton Park. Photo by ADRIAN SMITH

After qualifying in fifth place, the 30-year-old Gearlink Kawasaki rider began Sunday’s sprint race from a second row grid position and shot off the start line to take up third place behind championship leader Jack Kennedy and Sam Warren.

The three riders were all circulating in close company, with Wilson edging nearer with each passing lap. In an effort to catch the leader, he clocked an impressive lap of 1.38.515hrs (97.43mph) to set a new benchmark in the class.

Warren took the lead but on the final lap he made a mistake at Lodge – allowing both Kennedy and Wilson to take advantage and push him back to third place at the chequered flag.

The feature race on Monday was a close-run affair, with the top eight riders all circulating within a second. Wilson set off from pole position and got the hole shot into Old Hall.

He held a slender lead for the first five laps before being overhauled by Kennedy at Lakeside on lap six. Richards pushed him back to third on lap nine of the scheduled 16 and the top eight riders were still all together.

The action was so close that any one of eight could secure the win. One lap later Wilson moved ahead of Kennedy into second place and was lining up Richards for the lead when an accident further down the field caused the race to be stopped.

A result declared on positions at the end of lap ten, meaning Wilson was awarded second place which gave him 20 championship points and elevated him up to second place in the rider standings – just 9.5 points away from series leader Kennedy.

Overall, Wilson was relatively pleased with his weekend’s work.

He said: “Going into the last corner I got alongside Glen and Jack and thought about passing both of them. But knowing we had a few more laps left to race, I settled for just passing the one.

“In hindsight, with the red flag coming out if I had taken the two I would have won the race. Ah well, that’s racing.

“This result is great for the team as we have had some problems this weekend but we have worked together and overcome them, scored two good solid results and claimed a lap record as well.”

STANDINGS: 1st J Kennedy (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha) 96.5pts; 2nd B Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) 87pts; 3rd S Warren (Seton Tuning Yamaha) 84pts; 4th G Richards (Smiths) (Gloucester) 83pts; 5th B Mcconnell (Smiths) (Gloucester) 60pts.