MOTORSPORT: Wilson back in the groove

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KIRTON racer Ben Wilson began his pre-season testing with a visit to Cadwell Park last week.

He joined his Gearlink Kawasaki British Supersport team mate Jesse Trayler to take part in a private shakedown test ahead of their overseas test in March.

Both riders hope to be in tip-top shape ahead of the start of the new season, which gets under way at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend of April 22-25.

The day was hampered by slow clearing fog and Wilson was unable to get out on the circuit until lunch time. But once the fog lifted he made the most of the opportunity to get out there and, despite the inclement weather conditions, posted some fast lap times.

He said: “Considering the cold and foggy weather we encountered at Cadwell, I am really happy with the way the bike has responded today.

“This was a good shakedown test that has paved the way for me to put the bike through its paces in a warmer climate ahead of the official BSB tests at Brands Hatch and Snetterton in a few weeks time.

“I can’t wait for the new season to start so I can get my championship challenge under way.”

The 29-year-old Lincolnshire ace is also relishing the chance to contest two races each round this year.

Rule changes to the Supersport class mean that there will be two free practices plus one qualifying session at each round ahead of a short race on the Saturday, which will carry full championship points with the fastest lap times setting the grid for the main race on Sunday.

“I am really happy with the new rules,” added Wilson.

“I’m a racer, so the more time out on track under race conditions the better.

“We go out to Spain during early March and then back to the UK for another short test before the official BSB tests and then it’s all systems go for the first two races at Brands Hatch.”

Wilson finished third in the rider standings last season, with Honda’s Sam Lowes taking the title. James Westmorland was second.