MOTORSPORT: Ben’s bitter blow after losing grip on title bid

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DISASTER struck for Ben Wilson at Silverstone as a 50-point swing saw him fall behind Alastair Seeley in the race for the Fuchs Silkolene British Supersport championship.

Kirton ace Wilson, who went into the penultimate round of the season with a healthy 36-point advantage, failed to finish either race as Seeley romped to a double victory.

The weekend had been going well for the 29-year-old, who lined up on the front row of the grid alongside Seeley for the start of Saturday’s sprint race.

As the lights went out Wilson got the hole shot into turn one, with his title rival hot on his heels.

The pair enjoyed yet another monumental battle for the lead, exchanging places on nearly every corner.

But as Wilson went to overtake Seeley a dubious move by the Relentless Suzuki rider on the penultimate lap caused the pair to touch – and send the Gearlink Kawasaki ace off at Stowe, ending his race.

There was an enquiry after the race, but it was deemed to be a racing incident and the result was to stand.

Luckily Wilson was uninjured and the bike left relatively unscathed and he lined up on row two for Sunday’s feature race.

He got away to a fantastic start, passing pole setter Paul Young on the opening lap.

Wilson held his position for the first two laps before being passed by Seeley, who was intent on taking another win.

This time Wilson was involved in a battle with Sam Warren, which held him up and allowed Seeley to get away at the front.

Eventually Warren pulled out leaving Wilson to chase after the leader. But just as he was making inroads towards his target he encountered a problem with his machine and was forced to retire on lap ten of 12.

Wilson said: “To say I am gutted would be an understatement.

“I was on course for the win in the first race and thought I had the line through Stowe.

“Seeley thought otherwise and moved back on me and we clashed.

“Going into the second race I was determined to claw back some of the 25 points lost and after Warren pulled out I was free to chase Seeley who had got a bit of a lead on me.

“I was beginning to reel him in and perhaps could have caught him in the last few laps but lady luck wasn’t on my side and I had to pull out with a technical issue.

“We have to put this weekend behind us and concentrate on the final round where we have three races to contest.

“The championship is far from over and it is still mathematically possible for me to regain my position. I will keep on fighting right to the end and see what unfolds.”

Brands Hatch (October 7 & 8) is the scene for the final meet of the season, with Seeley 14 points ahead.

To be sure of winning the title, Wilson must win all three of the races.

Last time Wilson was at Brands Hatch, he and Seeley fought tooth and nail throughout the two races – but he was edged out on both occasions.

Standings: 1st A Seeley (Relentless TAS Suzuki) 405pts; 2nd B Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) 391pts; 3rd B McConnell (Oxford Tag Triumph) 220pts.