A breathless start to the 2013 British Supersport Championship saw Ben Wilson walk away from Brands Hatch with an impressive 29 points.
The Kirton racer bagged finishes of fourth and third over the weekend, which leaves him well-positioned in the embryonic rider standings.
Gearlink Kawasaki star Wilson did lead going into the final lap of Sunday’s race, but a mistake at Graham Hill Bend allowed new team-mate – and indeed old foe – Alistair Seeley in for the win.
But Wilson was still delighted with his showing at the curtain raiser.
He said: “It’s good to be back on the podium. I have had a fantastic off season and been training hard with my personal trainer M10 Fitness.
“I have shed seven kilos and am really fit. I am a bit disappointed to have lost the lead on that last lap, it was my mistake but I really enjoyed the race and Willy Wilson is definately back!
“There were some tough moves but it’s a British Championship and me and Alistair are pretty much equal, whether on a Suzuki or a Kawasaki so it’s looking like it will be a replay of 2011 for us.”
Qualifying didn’t go to plan for Wilson as he encountered a few problems with his bike and lost half of the session. But he powered through to secure a second row start to Saturday’s sprint race.
After seeing that red flagged, a new race was declared over 16 laps and Wilson got the hole shot into Paddock Hill Bend and led the field over the first three laps.
But eventual race winner Stuart Easton snatched the lead on lap four and Ben was then pushed back to third as Billy McConnell went past.
Seeley then joined the action at the front and on the penultimate lap he managed to push ahead of Wilson to snatch third place at the chequered flag.
More drama followed in Sunday’s feature race as the top six riders quickly pulled away from the off.
The lead was exchanged on nearly every lap between Luke Jones, Seeley and Wilson, with Jones eventually dropping off the pace leaving the team-mates to battle it out.
At the half way stage of the race Ben was in the lead, but Seeley stormed ahead at Paddock Hill Bend before Ben took the lead once more at Druids. The battle went on lap after lap with McConnell joining in on lap 18.
With three laps remaining, Wilson took the lead once more and pulled out a four bike gap from the other two riders. But as they went into the last lap Wilson ran wide at Graham Hill Bend and allowed both eventual winner Seeley and McConnell (second) to overtake him.
The next round is at Thruxton this weekend.