MOTORSPORT: Ben’s lead is slashed despite podium double

Bittersweet: Ben Wilson bagged a double podium, but saw his lead cut. Photos: ADRIAN SMITH (action) and HELEN PASK (podium).
Bittersweet: Ben Wilson bagged a double podium, but saw his lead cut. Photos: ADRIAN SMITH (action) and HELEN PASK (podium).
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DESPITE registering a cracking pair of podiums at Snetterton over the weekend, Ben Wilson saw his British Supersport championship lead cut to 49 points.

Kirton racer Wilson bagged two second places at the new Snetterton 300 circuit – but although he scored 40 championship points, his main rival Alistair Seeley won both races.

Ben Wilson on the podium at Snetterton, July 2011

Ben Wilson on the podium at Snetterton, July 2011

However, it was another impressive weekend from the Gearlink Kawasaki ace, whose season continues to go from strength to strength.

Starting from a front row grid position in second place, Wilson got the hole shot into turn one but he was overhauled by pole sitter Seeley who was determined to beat his rival.

The pair quickly pulled away from the pursuing pack, but although the 29-year-old rode the wheels off the Ninja ZX-6R, he was unable to stay in touch with Seeley, who crossed the finish line some 7.6 seconds ahead to claim the win.

Race two went much the same way. Although Wilson hung onto the shirt tails of Seeley during the first half of the race, he was again unable to stay with him and Seeley took the chequered flag for the win ahead of the Gearlink Kawasaki rider.

Wilson said: “I am happy enough to get the 40 points. And any other time I would be happy with a double podium.

“But we are out there to win and it would have been better if we had been closer to him.

“Seeley has been strong all weekend and we haven’t really had an answer to him to be fair.

“So we will take the points from what is obviously one of Seeley’s stronger tracks and move on to Oulton Park and take it to him there.”

The next round is at Oulton Park in Cheshire, one of Ben’s more favoured circuits, on July 17.

The undulating track suits his riding style and he will be determined to complete both his races ahead of Seeley to remain in control at the head of the rider standings.

Championship standings: 1st B Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) 248pts; 2nd A Seeley (Relentless TAS Suzuki) 199pts; 3rd S Warren (Seton Tuning Bike Interceptor) 113pts; 4th P Young (Oxford Tag Triumph) 112pts; 5th B McConnell (Oxford Tag Triumph) 111pts; 6th L Mossey (Smiths (Gloucester) Racing) 111pts; 7th J Kennedy (Colin Appleyard/Macadam Racing) 99pts; 8th D Cooper (Smiths (Gloucester) Racing) 96pts; 9th S Plater (Padgetts Honda) 80pts; 10th L Johnston (East Coast Racing) 70pts.