MOTORSPORT: Wilson’s slips despite solide Silverstone show

SOLID SHOW: Ben Wilson picked up finishes of fourth and fifth at Silverstone. Photo by DAVE YEOMANS
SOLID SHOW: Ben Wilson picked up finishes of fourth and fifth at Silverstone. Photo by DAVE YEOMANS

Ben Wilson slipped to fourth in the British Supersport Championship after the penultimate round at Silverstone – despite two solid finishes.

The Kirton rider grabbed a pair of fifth places over the weekend, but was promoted to fourth in the feature race after a post race decision to give his Gearlink Kawasaki team-mate Alastair Seeley a ten-second penalty.

Wilson was struggling with his set-up all weekend, but managed to post a fast lap during qualifying to claim a superb second row start to the short nine-lap sprint race on Saturday.

As usual, the Supersport race was very competitive and the top nine riders were in close company over the first few laps, with Wilson dicing with Richard Cooper and Graeme Gowland and arguing over fifth position.

As the race unfolded Gowland pushed him back to seventh, but he immediately responded and regained the position at the next corner.

On the penultimate lap the three were all together and Wilson eventually got ahead of them to cross the finish line in fifth position.

In the 12-lap feature race on Sunday, Wilson once again began from a second row grid position and got a good start to move into fourth place on the first lap.

But his progress was halted by the pace car, which remained on the track for the next three laps.

When the race finally got back under way it was virtually a six lap dash to the flag.

Wilson became embroiled in a battle with Glen Richards – and once he got ahead the Gearlink Kawaski ace began to reel in the leaders a few yards ahead.

He got up into fourth place, but on the final lap Stuart Easton managed to relegate him back to fifth position.

However, when Seeley was demoted to tenth place after being penalised for causing another rider to crash, he was bumped up a spot.

Wilson said: “I was up against it all weekend with set up problems and when we finally got it sorted it was too little too late for me to make any real impact on the race.

“But we have two more races left at Brands Hatch and I will be going all out for two strong results.”

Wilson’s 24-point haul sees him drop back behind Billy McConnell in the rider standings. He’s on 303 points, with McConnell 11 points ahead in third position.

The final round is at Brands Hatch on October 20.