MOTORSPORT: Wilson encouraged by Brands Hatch showing

Solid show: Ben WIlson (number 15) managed two finishes in the top six at Brands Hatch over the weekend to stay fourth in the rider standings.'Photo by ADRIAN SMITH
Solid show: Ben WIlson (number 15) managed two finishes in the top six at Brands Hatch over the weekend to stay fourth in the rider standings.'Photo by ADRIAN SMITH
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A PAIR of top six finishes at Brands Hatch over the weekend represented a solid effort from Kirton ace Ben Wilson.

he Gearlink Kawasaki rider placed in fifth and sixth place at the Kent circuit, which was enough to maintain his fourth place in the overall British Supersport championship standings.

Wilson qualified well at round seven of the series, clinching a front row start to the first of two races on Sunday.

But as the lights went out for the start of the ten-lap sprint race he didn’t, for once, get the good start that he needed and completed the first lap down in eighth place.

As the pack headed towards Surtees on the second lap Wilson was pushed wide and lost another place, but he soon regained his composure and headed after the leaders.

He passed Richard Cooper on lap four and one lap later he forged ahead of Pauli Pekkanen to secure seventh place.

When Billy McConnell fell at Westfield on the final lap, Wilson found himself promoted up to sixth place and he crossed the finish line to pick up a further ten championship points.

The feature race later in the day saw title hopeful Wilson placed on the front row once again and he circulated in fifth place for a while.

He was homing in on McConnell and poised to take fourth place when the red flags brought the session to a halt.

After a lengthy delay, a new race was declared to run over just six laps and at the start Wilson was third into Paddock Hill.

With the riders all jostling for position it was nip and tuck, with Wilson forced back to fifth place as they rounded Druids for the first time.

Although he remained in close formation with the top four there was insufficient time for him to make a move forward and he crossed the finish line in fifth place, just 0.9sec behind the race winner Jack Kennedy.

“I am disappointed not to have finished on the podium in either race,” said Wilson. “But on saying that, I have scored some solid points and am still in fourth place overall.

“The bike did feel better this weekend and with five weeks before the next round we can perhaps take the opportunity of the break to get some testing in.

“I am looking forward to the next round at Cadwell, it’s my home race and I usually go well there.”

Next up for Wilson is Cadwell Park over the bank holiday weekend of August 25-27.

He is hoping friends, family and supporters will all be in attendance to cheer him on at his ‘home’ track.

Rider standings: 1st J Kennedy (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha) 243.5pts; 2nd G Richards (Smiths Gloucester) 234pts; 3rd B McConnell (Smiths Gloucester) 190pts; 4th B Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) 175pts; 5th S Warren (Seton Tuning Yamaha) 129pts; 6th L Mossey (Smiths Gloucester) 119pts; 7th C Iddon (Oxford Tag Triumph) 114.5pts; 8th P Pekkanen (777 Rr Motorsport) 113pts; 9th R Cooper (Oxford Tag Triumph) 91pts; 10th G Irwin (Met Healthcare Yamaha) 80pts.