MOTORCYCLING: Wilson so close to a podium place
Ben Wilson grabbed a pair of fourth place finishes in round five of the Dickies British Supersport championship at Knockhill last weekend.
Although the podium still eludes the Kirton ace, he moves up to fourth place in the overall championship on 93 points which is no mean feat for a rider who took three years away from racing to recover from a severe leg injury.
In glorious sunshine last Saturday morning Wilson completed his qualifying in 11th place in the mixed grid of Supersport and GP2 riders (seventh in his class) and was anticipating a good race in the afternoon. However, a heavy thunderstorm put paid to any race action as the track flooded in parts and the race was postponed to Sunday morning.
With rain still falling then, Wilson lined up for the start of the sprint race. He got away to a good start and moved up into ninth place overall (seventh in class) on the opening lap. One lap later he passed Richard Kerr to move up to seventh overall (sixth in class) and continued to pull clear of the riders behind him. With the leaders out of reach, Wilson rode a lonely race through the remainder of the laps. But in a twist of fate Sam Munro and Alastair Seeley crashed together on lap 13, which promoted Wilson to fifth place overall and fourth in the Supersport class.
The track had dried for the start of the feature race and Wilson got away to one of his quick starts from the third row. He was up into fifth position on the first lap and entered into a battle for position with roads specialist Lee Johnston, who finally got the better of him on lap eight. He was running sixth in the Supersport category but some of the GP2 bikes had demoted him down to ninth overall on lap 12.
When Johnston encountered a problem and pulled in to retire, Wilson was briefly promoted to fifth place before Kerr passed him.
With six laps left, Wilson passed Kerr to regain fifth place and then Rory Skinner pulled out of third place with a bike problem. Wilson remained in fourth to the chequered flag.
The next round is at Snetterton from July 19-21.