Wilson looking to improve on sixth

Ben Wilson at Brands Hatch. Photo: Dave Yeomans
Ben Wilson at Brands Hatch. Photo: Dave Yeomans
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Ben Wilson rode to a brace of sixth places at Brands Hatch in round two of the British Supersport Championship and moves to fifth place in the rider standings on 40 points.

Free Practice and qualifying didn’t quite go to plan as Wilson found himself down in 13th place to start Saturday’s Sprint race from a fifth row grid position.

But as the lights went out Wilson made a fantastic start and was up into sixth by the time they rounded Paddock Hill Bend.

He dropped a place to seventh where he remained for the first two laps before moving ahead of Sam Hornsey to take up sixth position.

But on lap nine he ran wide at Druids which let Hornsey slip back through, leaving Wilson to follow as the three riders just ahead battled it out for fourth place.

However on the final lap James Rispoli crashed at Clearways, gifting sixth place to Wilson at the chequered flag.

Wilson started the feature race on Sunday from an improved position in the middle of the third row and moved into sixth place as the lights went out.

On lap nine he passed Rispoli and held fifth position until lap 14 when Rispoli managed to make a move on him.

The 33-year-old rider from Kirton was then overtaken by Danny Webb and Bjorn Estment, although next time around he moved back ahead of Webb and maintained his position to the chequered flag to secure sixth place.

Wilson said: “The Brands Hatch Indy circuit is so short and twisty with very few passing places.

“The pace was awesome with the leaders riding well under lap record pace.

“I was relatively happy to come away from such a competitive circuit with two sixth place finishes and look forward to the next round to try to better that.”

The next round takes place at Oulton Park in Cheshire over the bank holiday weekend of May 2-4 when Wilson will be anxious to score well to maintain his position in the rider standings.