Brilliant Ben in superb start

Ben Wilson in Superbike action at Brands Hatch.
Ben Wilson in Superbike action at Brands Hatch.
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Kirton racer Ben Wilson made a stunning start to his MCE British Superbike Championship campaign when finishing fourth in the opening race at Brands Hatch.

The 32-year-old revelled in the wet conditions in qualifying to record the seventh fastest time and began the race from the third row of the grid.

While many bigger names came to grief, Wilson was in his element and he was just as impressive in the dry when it came to the actual race.

Riding a Gearlink Kawasaki, Wilson moved up to third in the opener but was in sixth when the race was halted due to an oil spillage.

When the action restarted, he quickly settled into fourth where he remained.

He went on to finish tenth in the second race, saying: “I’d have been over the moon with one top ten finish so to have a top five and a top ten was fantastic.”

“It was not ideal with riders going down left, right and centre in qualifying but I managed to stay upright and claimed a very respectable third row start, and then proved to the doubters I am just as good in the dry.

“You can’t afford to worry about the conditions, you’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do and hopefully I can build on this.”