MOTORSPORT: Red hot Wilson at the double again

Catch me if you can: Ben Wilson leads the way at Croft. Photo by ADRIAN SMITH. Below - Wilson lifts his trophy. Photo by HELEN PASK
Catch me if you can: Ben Wilson leads the way at Croft. Photo by ADRIAN SMITH. Below - Wilson lifts his trophy. Photo by HELEN PASK
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BEN Wilson’s sensational start to the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship season continued with a second successive double victory.

The Kirton ace rode his Gearlink Kawasaki to a winning double at Croft over the weekend and has now won five of the six races held this season.

Red-hot Wilson leads the British Supersport championship by a massive 39 points from Jack Kennedy, with Alistair Seeley a further ten points adrift in third place.

The 29-year-old racer began the sprint race from pole position, taking the lead on the second of the planned 13 laps and held station until the red flag brought the race to an early end at ten laps, giving the Lincolnshire rider his third successive victory.

Starting the Sunday race from second place on the grid, Wilson was third at turn one but by the end of the lap he had reeled in the two riders ahead and took charge the field.

He was pushed back to second by Billy McConnell mid-race but was content to follow in his tyre tracks until he was ready to make his move. But before he had a chance to overtake, McConnell made a mistake at Sunny leaving Wilson to capitalise on his misfortune and he shot past to retake the lead – which he held to the chequered flag.

His second win of the weekend brought his points tally to an incredible 138.

Wilson said: “The first race went to plan and I was feeling very strong out there.

“I knew that I just needed to bide my time in the second race as I could see that Billy’s tyre was shot. I went with a harder compound which was the right choice and it lasted to the end of the race.

“I just kept my head down and we got another fantastic result. I have to say a massive thank you to Michael and Norma and all the staff at Gearlink Kawasaki who have worked so hard again this weekend to make sure I had the perfect bike to bring home another double set of maximum points.”

The next round at Thruxton is close to Gearlink Kawasaki’s headquarters over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 28-30.

Race one result: 1st Wilson; 2nd Kennedy; 3rd Plater; 4th McConnell; 5th Seeley.

Race two result: 1st Wilson; 2nd Plater; 3rd McConnell; 4th Seeley; 5th Kennedy.

Championship standings: 1st Wilson 138pts; 2nd Kennedy 99pts; 3rd Seeley 89pts; 4th Plater 72pts; =5 Young 51pts; =5 McConnell 51pts.