MOTORSPORT: Double delight as Ben extends his lead

Pole position: Ben Wilson leads the British Supersport championship by 20 points after winning both round at Oulton Park. Photo by ADRIAN SMITH. Below - Wilson on top of the podium. Photo by HELEN PASK
Pole position: Ben Wilson leads the British Supersport championship by 20 points after winning both round at Oulton Park. Photo by ADRIAN SMITH. Below - Wilson on top of the podium. Photo by HELEN PASK
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BRILLIANT Ben Wilson extended his early-season lead at the top of the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport championship with an impressive Oulton Park double.

The Gearlink Kawasaki rider took maximum points over the bank holiday weekend to make it three wins out of four this campaign – and extend his series lead to 20 points over Jack Kennedy.

Yet again the Kirton racer dominated proceedings throughout practice and qualifying, although things were tight at the top.

Once the opening race got under way, Wilson flew off the start line at a fast rate of knots but was beaten to the first corner by Alistair Seeley.

But after waiting for his tyres to kick in, the 29-year-old made his move at Lodge on the second of 12 laps and took the lead.

Kennedy tried a pass at Shell on lap three, but Wilson fended him off and retained his slender lead all the way to the chequered flag crossing the finish line for a super win.

Wilson said: “That was a good race.

“I realised it wasn’t going to be an easy race and I would perhaps be unable to pull away, so I got my head down and battled on.

“We got the result we needed.”

As the riders lined up for the start of the feature race on Monday, Wilson was again on pole.

But as they raced off the line it was Seeley who got the hole shot into Old Hall and staved off the Gearlink Kawasaki rider’s attention until lap two.

It was déjà vu for the duo though, as Wilson – just like in the opening race – nipped through at Lodge to take the lead at the end of the lap.

He held station until the midway stage of the 16 lap affair when Seeley managed to get past him once again.

However, the Irishman’s lead was short-lived as Wilson powered the Kawasaki back ahead two laps later and held off the opposition, extending his lead to 2.5 seconds at the chequered flag to complete an impressive pair of victories at the Cheshire track.

Wilson added: “That was another good race for me.

“I really enjoyed the close racing and its now time to turn my attention to the next round at Croft where I can carry on with the job in hand.

“So, we will take these two wins from Oulton and try to extend our advantage at Croft in two week’s time.”

Round three is at Croft in North Yorkshire over the weekend of May 13-15.

British Supersport standings (after four rounds): 1st - B Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) 88pts; 2nd - J Kennedy (Colin Appleyard/Macadam Racing) 68pts; 3rd - A Seeley (Relentless TAS Suzuki) 65pts; 4th - P Young (Oxford Tag Triumph) 43pts; 5th - L Mossey (Smiths (Gloucester) Racing) 40pts.