MOTORSPORT: Wilson in solid Thruxton show

Decent weekend: Ben Wilson remains third in the standings after two fine finishes at Thruxton. Photo by ADRIAN SMITH
Decent weekend: Ben Wilson remains third in the standings after two fine finishes at Thruxton. Photo by ADRIAN SMITH
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A SOLID weekend at Thruxton saw Ben Wilson say third in the early Motorpoint British Supersport Championship standings.

The Gearlink Kawasaki ace notched up a third place in race one at the Hampshire track, before completing Round Two with a thrilling fifth place in the eventful second encounter.

Qualifying took place in tricky conditions, with tyre choice something of a lottery on a track that was both wet and dry in places.

With seven minutes left in the session the rain came down and Wilson switched to full wet weather tyres – claiming fourth place for a front row start to Saturday’s sprint.

As the race got under way, the Kirton rider didn’t get his usual speedy start but slotted into third place behind Jack Kennedy and Glen Richards.

He was pushed back to fourth when Sam Warren edged his way forward and the four riders took part in a frantic battle for the lead.

They were soon joined by Billy McConnell, making it a five rider freight train until McConnell made a mistake and crashed leaving the top four to fight it out for the victory.

Wilson made it through to second place, but made a slight mistake and ran wide on the final lap at the Club Chicane, which allowed Warren to snatch second place on the drag to the flag.

In the feature race on Sunday, Wilson once again benefited from a front row start – only this time he shot away to establish a 0.5 second advantage over Richards and Kennedy.

But the three were again joined by Warren, McConnell and Luke Mossey and the six riders circulated together for the majority of the race. After leading, Wilson was pushed back to fifth place before fighting back to the front again – only to be mugged by the other riders at Club again.

On the penultimate lap Wilson made it past Warren and looked set to make a move on the top three. But Warren crashed right behind him and just caught Wilson’s bike, taking the foot peg with him into the gravel.

Wilson lost momentum and struggled to change gear for the remainder of the lap, allowing Mossey to take advantage and relegate him to fifth in the closing stages.

Wilson said: “That was a really close and exciting race between us all. I thought I could get into a podium position on the last lap but didn’t reckon on losing my foot peg.

“That prevented me from catching the top four and so I have to be content with fifth place.”

Wilson’s tally of 47 points is just eight and a half points off series leader Kennedy ahead of the next round at Oulton Park on May 5, 6 and 7.