Going Dutch! Wilson races back into third in British Supersport standings

Wilson in action at Assen. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Wilson in action at Assen. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Ben Wilson rode like the wind to take a very close third place in the feature race at Assen in round 10 of the British Supersport championship.

That was enough for the Kirton rider - who missed out in the sprint race - to re-take third spot in the rider standings on the Dutch circuit on Sunday.

Wilson completed his qualifying in ninth place and began the 12-lap sprint race on Saturday from a third-row grid position.

As the race got underway he was soon up to fifth place and on lap six he dived under his Gearlink Kawasaki team mate Alastair Seeley to take fourth.

But his position was short-lived as he encountered a problem with the clutch and began to drop back losing places on every lap to finish the race down in 17th place.

He was once again placed on the third row for the start of Sunday’s 15-lap feature race and as the lights went out he shot away to a fantastic start to take up fourth place at turn one.

By the end of the lap he was up to third and one lap later he passed Richard Cooper for second place.

Wilson was forced back to fourth place but from lap 10 he began his move forward. He passed Luke Mossey for third place and then reeled in Cooper to take up second.

Jason O’Halloran was anxious to finish the race in second place and passed Ben on the penultimate lap.

Ben fought back and retook the position but on the final lap O’Halloran nudged Ben wide to move ahead once again. Seeley followed through but Ben was not giving up his position and fought back to take the chequered flag for the remaining podium place.

“I am pleased with that and really enjoyed my race,” Wilson said.

“Jason came past on that last lap and Seeley thought he was going to do the same but I really wanted that podium finish and saw the gap so made sure I got ahead of him to take third.

“Thanks to Gearlink Kawasaki for putting a great bike under me again this weekend and also thanks to all my sponsors.

“I haven’t had the best of luck this year but we have four races left in the championship and I will be going all out to end the season on a high.”

Wilson moved back into third pace in the rider standings on 279 points, just five points ahead of Billy McConnell.

The next round is back on home tarmac at Silverstone on October 6.