JUDGEMENT day has arrived for Ben Wilson as a year of hard work comes down to just three races.
Brands Hatch is the venue for the final round of the Fuchs Silkolene British Supersport championship over the weekend, with Wilson taking on his toughest challenge to date.
The Kirton ace must win all three races in order to be guaranteed of lifting the championship trophy on Sunday.
The last round at Silverstone was a disaster for the 29-year-old Gearlink Kawasaki rider. He went into the meet as the clear championship leader, but failed to complete the two races and was therefore unable to add to his points tally.
Rival Alastair Seeley won both races and now leads the championship by 14 points.
But it’s not all over just yet as if Wilson can win all three races he will win the championship by just one point – that is if Seeley finishes in second place each time.
“I was really down after Silverstone,” said Wilson. “But I have had time to mull things over and realise it is still possible for me to regain my position at the top of the standings.
“It will be a difficult job but I am always up for a challenge and will give it my all in each race. Seeley may have the advantage of a 14-point lead but the pressure is all on him now. The championship is his to lose and mine to win.”
Seeley won both races at Brands in August, but only by the smallest of margins. Wilson has a top bike under him and all but matched Seeley’s pace on their last visit to the Kent circuit.
In both races the action was close and provided the crowd with the most exciting racing ever seen in the Supersport class.
The scene is set for a repetition of this and the crowd will be relishing the thought of three more exciting and close races as the two go head-to-head for the crown.
Official testing will take place on Friday afternoon on the short Indy circuit before the riders take to the full GP circuit for the rest of the weekend’s racing.
Free practice is at 9am on Saturday followed by qualifying at 12.25pm. The first race will be run on Saturday over 20 laps of the course starting at 3.40pm. Race two over 12 laps is at 11.50am on Sunday with the final race of the season on track scheduled to run over 16 laps with a start time of 3.35pm.