Ben Wilson storms to sixth win of the British Superport series at Knockhill

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BEN Wilson continued his love affair with the Knockhill circuit as he claimed his sixth victory of the British Supersport season.

The Kirton rider has now won six of the 10 races in the series this season – now leading the chasing pack by 59 points.

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On the Fife circuit, where he has tasted previous success, Wilson rode to a strong third place in the wet on Saturday, followed up with a sensational win in the second encounter on Sunday.

This fine set of results extends his series lead in the British Supersport championship to 59 points over nearest rival Alistair Seeley.

He rounded off the day by being awarded the Rider of the Day accolade, and was presented with a bottle of champagne by Eurosport commentator Jamie Whitham.

The notoriously changeable Knockhill weather played its part in qualifying and the first race on Saturday.

In wet conditions Ben powered his Gearlink Kawasaki through to second place for a front row start to his first race and in wet and slippery conditions he rode to a strong third place behind Sam Warren and Seeley.

With Sunday came the sunshine – until the Supersport race took to the grid.

The two Gearlink Kawasaki riders, Ben Wilson and Jesse Trayler, lined up side by side on the second row but the start was delayed to allow a passing shower to move away and when the race finally got underway Ben Wilson shot off the start line to take up second position at the first corner. He moved into the lead on lap two but was chased all the way by Alistair Seeley.

The pair pulled away from the pursuing pack and an exciting battle took place for the lead between the two riders.

Seeley briefly took the lead on lap 17 of 20 but Ben fought back and regained his position at the hairpin a few seconds later.

Ben broke the lap record on lap 18 and in an effort to retain his lead broke it again on the penultimate lap to establish a new record of 50.025 seconds - 91.48mph.

Wilson, 29), picked up a further 41 championship points to bring his total to 208, while nearest rival Seeley scored 40, bringing his total to 149.

“I am really happy with the win today,” said Wilson.

“The bike ran really well and I just needed to get into a rhythm, I just made a few little mistakes and lost the time I had pulled out on Alistair but I managed to keep my head down and got the win.

“I want to thank my Gearlink Kawasaki team for putting me a good bike together; it ran perfectly for me all weekend. I am really happy with the lap record and also the Rider of the Day award.

“It’s a team effort and we all worked together to pull off the win and extend the series lead – albeit only by one point!”

The next round is at Snetterton in Norfolk on July 3.