Power problem hits Kirton ace

Ben Wilson
Ben Wilson

Kirton rider Ben Wilson ended his British Superbike campaign at Brands Hatch at the weekend when he contested three races in mixed weather conditions and scored four championship points.

Wilson made it through the first phase of qualifying in 17th place and completed the second in 18th position to earn himself a place on the sixth row of the grid for the start of race one on Saturday.

As the riders took their grid positions the rain was once again falling steadily but Wilson made a steady start.

He moved through to 12th but was too far behind to make any further progress and finished in that position.

Starting the second race on Sunday from the fourth row, Wilson got away to a good start and held 14th place until encountering a problem with the Gearlink Kawasaki Superbike.

He struggled on for a few laps before retiring at the end of lap eight.

Race three was the final race of the campaign and Wilson started from the sixth row.

Again he got away to a good start but began to drop down the order as the problem returned and he was in 17th place when a red flag brought the race to an early end.

His total score of 40 placed him 20th in the overall standings.

He said: “We encountered a power problem which sadly we could not resolve.”