Ben Wilson retains fourth in British Supersport Championship

Ben Wilson.
Ben Wilson.

FIFTH and sixth-place finishes at Brands Hatch ensured that Ben Wilson retained his fourth place in the overall rider standings after round seven of the Motorpoint British Supersport championship on Sunday.

“I am disappointed not to have finished on the podium in either race,” said Wilson.

“But on saying that I have scored some solid points and am still in fourth place overall.

“The bike did feel better this weekend and with five weeks before the next round we can perhaps take the opportunity of the break to get some testing in.”

Wilson, from Kirton, qualified well for a front row start to the first of two races on Sunday, but as the lights went out for the start of the 10 lap sprint race he didn’t get the good start that he needed and completed the first lap down in eighth place.

As the pack headed towards Surtees on the second lap, Wilson was pushed wide and lost another place but he soon regained his composure and headed after the leaders.

He passed Richard Cooper on lap four and one lap later he forged ahead of Pauli Pekkanen to secure seventh place.

When Billy McConnell fell at Westfield on the final lap Wilson found himself promoted up to sixth place and he crossed the finish line to pick up a further 10 championship points.

The feature race later in the day saw Wilson placed on the front row once again and he circulated in fifth place for a while.

He was homing in on McConnell and poised to take fourth place when the red flags brought the session to a halt.

After a lengthy delay a new race was declared to run over just six laps. At the start Wilson was third into Paddock Hill, but the riders were all jostling for position and he was forced back to fifth place as they rounded Druids for the first time.

Although he remained in close formation with the top four there was insufficient time for him to make a move forward and he crossed the finish line in fifth place, just 0.9s behind the race winner Jack Kennedy.

Next up is Wilson’s home race on the Cadwell Park track.

“I am looking forward to Cadwell, it’s my home race,” he added.

Cadwell Park plays host to the championship over the Bank holiday weekend of August 25-27 when Ben’s friends, family and supporters will all be in attendance to cheer him on.