MOTORSPORT: Wilson’s fine Brands show consolidates third place

Ben Wilson leads his team-mate Alastair Seeley at Brands Hatch. Photo by Adrian Smith
Ben Wilson leads his team-mate Alastair Seeley at Brands Hatch. Photo by Adrian Smith

Ben Wilson consolidated third place in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship with two solid showings at Brands Hatch.

The Kirton race ace sealed finishes of third and fourth at round six of the series over the weekend, which represented a 29-point haul.

But wins for Staurt Easton (sprint race) and team-mate Alastair Seeley meant that Gearlink Kawasaki rider Wilson lost ground on the top two.

After encountering gearing problems with his bike throughout free practice and qualifying in Kent, Wilson started the sprint race from eighth place on the second row of the grid.

But as the ten-lap affair got under way he soon began to move upfield, picking off the riders ahead to move into fourth place at the midway stage of the race.

Red-hot Wilson continued his forward move by passing Graeme Gowland one lap later, setting his fastest lap of the race in the process.

Wilson then overtook Easton for second at Paddock Hill bend, but was unable to make the move stick and the Yamaha racer forged back ahead at Druids a few seconds later.

The top four broke away from the pack, with places being exchanged throughout the remainder of the race. On the dash to the flag it was Easton who took the win from Seeley, Wilson and Gowland who all crossed the finish line within 0.4 of a second.

Wilson began the feature race from the second row once again – and this time got a fantastic start to get the hole shot into Paddock Hill.

He held the lead throughout the first two laps, but was pushed back to fourth one lap later. And although he pushed hard, Wilson was unable to get back on terms with the three riders ahead.

He spent the rest of the race fending off the attentions of Jason O’Halloran, crossing the finish line with a 1.8 second advantage over the Samsung Honda rider to claim 13 championship points.

Added to the 16 he picked up in the sprint race, Wilson’s total for the season is now 189 – some 19 better than the fourth-placed rider.

He’s now 21 points behind Easton in second, with Seeley way out in front on 250.

The next round is at Oulton Park over the weekend of August 9-11. The picturesque venue is one of Wilson’s best tracks and he will be seeking two top results to move him closer to the series lead.

Overall standings: 1st A Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) 250pts; 2nd S Easton (Mar-Train Yamaha) 210pts; 3rd B Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki)189pts; 4th B McConnell (Smiths Triumph Racing) 170pts; 5th G Gowland (Seton Tuning Yamaha) 138pts; 6th G Richards (Smiths Triumph Racing) 80pts; 7th J O’Halloran (Samsung Honda) 79pts.

Remaining rounds: R7 Oulton Park (Aug 9-11); R8 Cadwell Park (Aug 24-26); R9 Donington Park (Sept 6-8); R10 Assen (Sept 20-22); R11 Silverstone GP (Oct 4-6); R12 Brands Hatch GP (Oct 18-20).