Wilson picks up points

Ben Wilson at Oulton Park. Photo by Adrian Smith
Ben Wilson at Oulton Park. Photo by Adrian Smith
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Kirton rider Ben Wilson took eighth place in the second round of the Superstock 1000 Championship.

He was seventh in the first qualifying session at Oulton Park but with no change in the weather he held off going out in final qualifying until a few minutes before the flag.

Wilson just completed one flying lap but was unable to go any faster and remained in seventh place to start 
Monday’s 15-lap race from the third row.

Another heavy shower meant tyre choice was to be the deciding factor.

Wilson chose a full wet on the front and a dry on the back but, as the track dried quicker than expected, it turned out to be the wrong decision.

Riding the EHA Racing Aprilia, Wilson got a good start but was boxed in at the first corner and pushed back.

He remained ninth until lap eight when he passed Jesse Traylor, but was then caught and passed by Frazer Rogers with two laps remaining.

Unable to retake his position, Wilson took the chequered flag in eighth place to pick up eight championship points, moving to seventh in the rider standings.

He admitted: “I chose the wrong tyre for the race and consequently paid the price as I could not keep pace with the leaders.

“The weather was terrible all weekend but if it had only been either fully wet or dry things would have been different.

“But I have at least finished the race and picked up some points, which is better than a lot of others who fell by the wayside or were forced to retire when the tyre disintegrated.”

The next round is at Brands Hatch on May 22 but Wilson travels to Northern Ireland for his second visit to the North West 200 road races on May 14.

Meanwhile, G&S Racing Kawasaki team riders Tom Fisher and Kevin Van Leuven retired out of the race.