Kirton racer is set for curtain-raiser

Kirton Superbike ace Ben Wilson.
Kirton Superbike ace Ben Wilson.
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Ben Wilson opens his MCE British Superbike Championship campaign at one of his favourite tracks on Monday admitting he needs to be quick off the grid.

The 32-year-old Kirton racer is keen to make a big impression in his first race on the new Gearlink Kawasaki Superbike and is looking forward to getting back on track under race conditions.

Having tested his new bike over two days near Barcelona in Spain, and followed up with another session at Donington Park, Wilson can hardly wait for the real action to begin.

He said: “The short Indy Brands Hatch circuit is one of my favourite tracks and I realise the need for a strong performance in qualifying in order to be well placed on the grid. I have to make a good start as there are few passing opportunities there.”

“Michael de Bidaph and the team have worked their socks off over the past few weeks to give me such a fantastic bike.”

The weekend begins tomorrow with a one-hour test session at 2.30pm.

There are two free practices on Saturday followed by a third session on Sunday morning.

The three-part qualifying session takes place on Sunday afternoon, starting at 4.05pm, and will set the grid for the start of the first 30-lap race at 1.30pm on Monday.

The grid positions for race two will be determined by the fastest lap times set in the first race and the riders will take to the track for the second time at 4.30pm.

The qualifying on Sunday plus both races on Monday are scheduled to be shown live on Eurosport 2.