Wilson wants to end season on high note

Ben Wilson in action at Silverstone over the weekend. Photo by Adrian Smith
Ben Wilson in action at Silverstone over the weekend. Photo by Adrian Smith
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Kirton rider Ben Wilson rode to a seventh and then a fourth place in his two races in the penultimate round of the British Supersport Championship at Silverstone over the weekend to pick up 22 points and move to joint-sixth place in the standings on 165 points.

Qualifying didn’t quite go to plan as every time he went for a fast lap he was hindered by slower riders on cornering.

But he persevered and completed the session in ninth place to begin the 10-lap sprint race from the third row.

Wilson said: “It is annoying and dangerous for slower riders to dawdle on the racing line and apart from possibly causing an accident it 
hampered me on my fast lap which denied me a better grid position.”

As usual Wilson got away to a rapid start and was up to fifth place on the first lap then on lap three he moved ahead of Jake Dixon.

But the action was fast and furious with riders jostling for position and Wilson was pushed back to sixth place on lap four then nearly fetched off a couple of times in the frantic action.

He lost another place on lap seven but remained in close contact with the riders ahead and completed the race in seventh place to pick up nine further championship points.

Starting the feature race on Sunday from the second row, Wilson once again got a good start and was up to fourth on the opening lap.

But the course car was brought onto the track to allow marshals to clear the track from a two-rider crash and at the same time the newly-crowned champion Luke Stapleford pulled out with a mechanical problem, promoting Wilson to third place.

Once the course car left the track Dixon took the advantage, demoting Wilson to fourth place after which Dixon promptly crashed.

Sam Hornsey moved into third place and, although Wilson cut inside him on lap five, he ran wide and couldn’t make the move stick.

The top two pulled away, leaving Wilson and Hornsey to battle it out for the final podium position.

Although it wasn’t for the want of trying, Wilson was unable to stick with him and had to be content with fourth place at the chequered flag to claim his best result of the current campaign.

Wilson said: “I was more happy this week, the Kawasaki ran very well and although I was unable to catch the two leaders I was closer to them than in the last few races.

“I did think I could make the podium but just couldn’t quite do it but I will take fourth as it’s my best result this year.”

Wilson is now equal on points in sixth position and as Andy Reid is out injured and unlikely to contest the final two races, he should claim sixth place for himself.

The final round takes place at Brands Hatch over the weekend of October 16-18 when Wilson will be looking to end his season on a high note.