MOTORSPORT: Ben battles back from crash to seal seventh

IN THE PACK: Ben Wilson (15) in the thick of it at Oulton Park. Photo by ADRIAN SMITH
IN THE PACK: Ben Wilson (15) in the thick of it at Oulton Park. Photo by ADRIAN SMITH

Ben Wilson bounced back from a nasty crash in qualifying to claim a gutsy seventh place in the third round of the British Supersport Championship at Oulton Park over the weekend.

The Kirton racer went off just five laps into his qualifying campaign, which ruled him out of Sunday’s sprint in Cheshire.

That meant he started the feature race from the back of the grid on Monday, but he stormed through the field to seal a fine seventh place.

Wilson, renowned for his lightning starts, overtook half of the field in the first half of the opening lap. By the end of the first lap he was up to 13th and he then settled into eighth position on lap three.

He soon made inroads towards the group a few seconds ahead – and when Glenn Irwin crashed out at Lodge on lap nine, he was elevated up to seventh place.

Tyre wear hampered the Gearlink Kawasaki ace’s progress, but he still managed to retain fourth place in the rider standings on 74 points.

Wilson said: “I lost the front at Cascades during qualifying and although the team worked hard to try and get me on the grid, they simply ran out of time.

“I was gutted to miss the race but that’s how it is sometimes. With lack of track time due to the crash and also missing a couple of laps in morning warm up, we did not have the opportunity to get the set up right so I knew I’d have a difficult time in the feature race.

“I had to start from dead last but I got a really good start and although I could not get on terms with the leaders all was not lost as I did manage to work my way up to seventh and pick up the points.

“We are only three rounds into the championship and plenty of points are on offer, so onwards and upwards.”

Next round is at Knockhill in Scotland over the weekend of June 14-16.